Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is a core component of the first year Comparative American Studies module and an option available to first and second year students in History and in joint degrees with History. For CAS students, first-year core modules provide an introduction to the study of the history and culture of the Americas. For History students, options are designed to complement the first and second year core modules by providing the opportunity for study in greater depth of particular regions, periods or themes.

Principal learning outcomes

The module introduces students to topics in North American history, from the first European settlements of the early 17th century to the 1990s. Its primary focus is on the British North American colonies and on the USA, although there is some attention to the history of New France and of Canada. Detailed coverage of North American history within the scope of a 30 Credit module is not feasible, and is not attempted. Instead, students are asked to consider some major recurrent themes (including social history, race, class, gender, and political developments) by studying key episodes and events in some detail.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module runs throughout the year, with weekly lectures and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM102-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 48.5%
Assessed Course Work 51.6%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Optional Core