Undergraduate Course: The First New Nation: Nationalism and Regionalism in American History (HIST10290)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore the formation and contested evolution of American nationalism from its pre-revolutionary roots to the present day. In addition to examining struggles over the definition of American national identity, we will consider themes such as the importance of American wars in the development of nationalism; how criteria such as gender, race and ethnicity have been used to establish and challenge national boundaries; and the effects of regionalism in shaping, strengthening and/or undermining national unity. Throughout, we will use scholarship on other nationalisms to provide a comparative framework and fresh perspectives on the American experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should normally have 3 to 4 History courses at grade B or above.
Course Delivery Information
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| Upon completion of this course, students should have demonstrated in presentations, seminar discussions, essays and exams:
? understanding of the diverse conceptions, meanings and consequences of nationalism and regionalisms for different groups and at different time periods of American history.
? awareness of the major historiographical debates involving American nationalism and awareness of the implications of U.S. historians? uses of the categories of nation and region.
? reflection on the benefits of drawing on studies of other countries? nationalisms in order to rethink the American experience.
? the ability to evaluate critically primary sources, secondary sources and the seminar contributions of their colleagues.
? the ability to use these critical skills to advance clear, well-reasoned and independent arguments in both written and oral forms.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Paul Quigley
Tel: (0131 6)50 9963
|Course secretary||Ms Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780