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Undergraduate Course: Revolutionary America, 1763-1815 (HIST10416)

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
SummaryThis course considers the causes, course, and immediate consequences of the events which led to the creation of the United States, c. 1763-1815. It considers the degree to which those events can be described as "revolutionary" and the impact of the Revolution on all segments of American society as well the geopolitical significance of the creation of a new republic in the Americas at the end of the eighteenth century.
Course description Revolutionary America explores the crucial events that led to the creation of the United States as well as the first years of the new republic. It considers why some colonists in British North America rebelled against British rule while others did not (although thirteen North American colonies declared independence in 1776, an additional thirteen colonies on the mainland and in the Caribbean chose to remain within the British Empire). Among the themes and topics which the course considers are the causes of the American Revolution, the War of Independence, constitution-making, and the social and political development of the new American republic. The course considers the Revolution in a broad, Atlantic, perspective, assessing the geopolitical significance of the creation of a republic in the Western Hemisphere. It also considers the degree to which the emergence of that republic was shaped by and affected people of various social classes including women, African Americans, and Native Americans.
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.

Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
1,000 word essay plan (20%)
4,000 word essay (80%)
Feedback Students will be given feedback on their essay plans and bibliographies in tutorials mid-way through the semester. They will have the opportunity to incorporate this feedback when they prepare their essays for submission later in the semester.

Students will be given written feedback on their end-of-term essay, the largest component of assessment. They will also have the opportunity to meet with the Course Organiser to supplement this with oral feedback (normally in semester 2).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and 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, including peers.
Reading List
Bernard Bailyn, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967).

Colin G. Calloway, The American Revolution in Indian Country (1995).

Francis D. Cogliano, Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History, 3rd ed. (2017).

Sylvia R. Frey, Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age (1991).

Maya Jasanoff, Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World (2011).

Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color (2016).

Michael j. Klarman, The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution (2016).

Robert G. Parkinson, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Revolution in the American Revolution (2016).

Janet Polasky, Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (2015).

Alan Taylor, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (2016).

Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (1991).

Rosemarie Zagarri, Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic (2007).

Primary Sources:

Founders Online: Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States

The Online Library of Liberty: The American Revolution and Constitution [Particularly Charles S. Hyneman, ed. American Political Writing During the Founding Era, 1760-1805, 2 vols (1983)]
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAmerican Revolution
Course organiserDr James MacKay
Tel: (01316) 503774
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Samson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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