HIS1046 : The History of the Americas
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Brewster
- Lecturer: Dr Benjamin Houston, Professor Susan-Mary Grant, Dr Claire Brewster, Dr Bruce Baker
- Teaching Assistant: Dr Jon Coburn, Dr David Hope, Dr Jen Kain
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
The specific aims of this module are:
• To introduce students to the study of the Americas in broad terms.
• To introduce students to the variety of different approaches used in the study of North American, Latin American and the Atlantic World via the study of five main areas: indigenous societies and colonial encounters; slavery and race; independence and nation-building; inter-American relations; and racial and ethnic identities.
• 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.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module is structured around the following five themes:
1. Indigenous societies and colonial encounters
2. Slavery and race
3. Independence and nation-building
4. Inter - American relations
5. Racial and ethinic identities
Depending on who is teaching the module, the lectures will focus on examples in the Atlantic World, Latin America and North America that highlight these themes (e.g. lectures will be offered on slavery and race in, respectively, the Caribbean, Brazil and the American South)
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||72||1:00||72:00||45% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||72||1:00||72:00||45% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||16||1:00||16:00||Seminars - up to 16 groups|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills. They explain historical concepts and set out historical debates and problems. They introduce a range of source material and set out and help evaluate its historical context and worth. Listening and note-taking are practised in lectures.
Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral presentation, interpersonal communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability. The group presentation further promotes the development of team-working skills.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||135||2||A||100||48hr Take Home Exam|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Exams test 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 Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the alternative 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 other students on the module. In order to take up this option, students need to discuss it with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator and their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them. The Study Abroad Co-ordinator will have the final say on such issues.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will require the provision of an alternative assessment before the end of teaching week 12. The alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 1,500 word essays in addition to the other coursework assessment. The essays should be set so as to assure full coverage of the course content.
Study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.