|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The foundation of European colonies in North America marked the birth of a society that would eventually become the United State of America. Integral to this process was the simultaneous rise of Atlantic slavery and the forced transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas. At first slavery was simply an economic system, but as it developed it infected the political, social, and intellectual life of the newly independent nation, leading to the traumatic rupture of the Civil War in 1861.
This module explores the origins of the many race, class and gender issues that America still grapples with today by placing these in the broader context of the nation's colonial origins and the revolutionary upheavals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular it explores the contradictory concepts of slavery and freedom in a nation supposedly devoted to the principle of equality for all.
This module aims:
• To introduce students to historical research and to guide them in the analysis of primary documents and texts.
• To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it and to develop the capacity for independent study.
• To enable students to develop their own interpretation of the politics, society and culture of North America/the USA from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War.
Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only.
The rise of Atlantic slavery
Ideas of race and ethnic conflict
The revolutionary Atlantic
The Cotton Kingdom
Abolitionists v. Proslavery
The Civil War
Students will gain knowledge of the political, social, and intellectual history of North America through the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.
They will explore concepts of geography, nation, and government: investigating the connections of North America to the wider Atlantic World.
Students successfully completing the module will have had the opportunity to develop the following key skills: written, electronic and interpersonal communication, planning and organisation, problem solving, bibliographic initiative, and computer literacy.
Development of associated skills in research, critical reading and reasoning, sustained argumentation and appropriate presentation of results.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||66||1:00||66:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||66||1:00||66:00||40% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||2:00||22:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||Drop-in/surgery|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||32||1:00||32:00||20% of guided independent study|
Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire; raise questions for students to consider in private study, and stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills. These sessions will also at certain points during the module be used for group work, encouraging teamwork and self-directed work.
Seminars encourage independent and group study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||25||2,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)|
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.
Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should hand in their 3000-word essays before they go away. If this is not possible, they should tell the School exchange coordinator that they are going to submit their essays in absentia, then submit their essays through Blackboard and email copies of the essays to the School Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.
Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.
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