Undergraduate Course: The Making of the United States (HIST08037)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to provide a general overview of American history from the arrival of the first permanent European settlers at Jamestown in 1607 through Reconstruction.
The major topics covered in the course include:
1. Pre-Columbian America
3. The American Revolution
4. The Constitution
5. The Early Republic
7. Market Revolution
8. Western Expansion and Manifest Destiny
9. The Civil War
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 essays (1,500 words each) : 80%
Non-written skills : 20%
||Students will be provided with written feedback on both of their essays. Feedback from the first essay will help students improve for the second essay.
Tutors will be available to provide formative feedback during office hours about non-written skills. Students will be receive summative written feedback on their non-written skills.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate command of a substantial body of historical knowledge
- demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence
- demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of approaches to understanding, constructing, and interpreting the past; and where relevant, knowledge of concepts and theories derived from the humanities and the social sciences
- demonstrate the ability to address historical problems in depth, involving the use of contemporary sources and advanced secondary literature
- demonstrate clarity, fluency, and coherence in written and oral expression
|Berlin, Ira 'From Creole to African: Atlantic Creoles and the Origins of African- American Society in Mainland North America.' William & Mary Quarterly 52 (1996): 251-288.|
Cogliano, Francis D. Revolutionary America, 1763-1815. London: Routledge, 2009.
Faust, Drew G. 'The Dread Void of Uncertainty.' Southern Cultures 11 (2005): 7:32.
Foner, Eric. Give Me Liberty. New York: Norton, 2011.
Morgan, Edmund S. 'Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox.' Journal of American History 59 (1972): 5:29.
Neely, Mark E. 'Was the Civil War a Total War?' Civil War History, 50 (2004): 434:458.
Perdue, Theda. 'The Legacy of Indian Removal.' Journal of Southern History 78 (2012): 3-36.
Rakove, Jack. 'The Great Compromise.' William & Mary Quarterly 44 (1987): 424:457.
Young, Alfred. 'George Robert Twelves Hewes.' William & Mary Quarterly 38 (1981): 561:623.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Making of US
|Course organiser||Dr David Silkenat
Tel: (0131 6)50 4614
|Course secretary||Miss Alexandra Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 3767