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Undergraduate Course: The American South since the Civil War (HIST10117)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe South is one of America's most distinctive regions because of secession from the Union and the phenomenon of the Lost Cause, adoption of Jim Crow laws, long-time economic backwardness, strong religious piety, development of the civil rights movement, conservative politics, and seeming cultural persistence. There is a rich historiography about the South centred on the issues of race, class, identity, religion, and modernity.
Course description The courses examines the American South from the Civil War until the 1980s. It focuses on the nature of Reconstruction, labour and the economy of the New South, agrarian protest, segregation, disfranchisement and lynching, religion and the Lost Cause, southern progressivism, the impact of the New Deal and the Second World War, the African American freedom struggle, the post-civil rights South, and the issue of the South's cultural persistence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  43
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 40 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of class discussion, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
John Boles (ed.) A Companion to the American South (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)

Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black political struggles in the rural South, from slavery to the great migration (Harvard, 2003)

Grace Elizabeth Hale, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (Vintage, 1999)

Tara McPherson, Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke, 2003)

Edward J. Larson, Summer for the God: the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion, (Harvard, 1998)

Mathew Lassiter & Joseph Crespino (eds.) The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford, 2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Megan Hunt
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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