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Undergraduate Course: The Rise of the Right in the United States, c.1945-c.1990 (HIST10306)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThe course investigates political conservatism in the United States during the era of the Cold War. It analyses the activities of the Republican Party in power and in pursuit of power, with special attention to the administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. There are also explorations of conservative ideas and conservative movements. The course makes extensive use of primary sources as well as the rich historiography relevant to its subject matter. Its focus involves the explanations for conservatism's lack of popular success at the start of this period, together with the scholarly debates about the political power and influence that over time American conservatives achieved.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 344 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One research paper (worth 22.5% of overall assessment);
One essay (worth 17.5% of overall assessment);
Two presentation projects (worth 10% of overall assessment, i.e. 5% each);
Two two-hour degree examinations (worth 50% of overall assessment, i.e. 25% each).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
It is intended that on successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- produce well-argued and well-documented analyses of primary source material, in accordance with the common marking scale;
- produce seminar presentations that show an ability to communicate scholarly material in a non-written form, in accordance with the common marking scale;
- produce an independent research project that is effectively argued, structured and documented, making use of primary and secondary sources, in accordance with the common marking scale;
- demonstrate, by way of all assessed work for the course, an awareness of the key events in the history of the Right in the United States between around 1945 and around 1990, together with an awareness of the key scholarly interpretations of these events;
- demonstrate, by way of presentations, course exercises, research project and examination, an ability to analyse primary and secondary sources in a critical manner;
- demonstrate the following transferable skills: independent identification and development of research questions for investigation; independent gathering of relevant evidence pertaining to a problem; critical consideration of evidence in order to arrive at sound conclusions; evaluating the work of others, including experts and peers; presenting evaluations and conclusions clearly in both written and oral form; independent management of personal timetable, workload and other priorities in order to meet established timetables.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsRise of the Right
Course organiserDr Robert Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3770
Course secretaryMs Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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