Syllabus for American History

Amerikansk historia

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN712
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2008-11-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-03
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2021
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6 or English B
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will

  • be able to account for important aspects of US history
  • be able to account for the social forces that have helped shape US society
  • be able to show introductory knowledge of what is regarded to make the US unique, both historically and at present
  • be able to demonstrate some understanding of the analysis of historical texts

Content

The course provides an overview of historical developments in the area that today constitute the United States. It emphasizes colonial times to the present. Focus is placed on aspects related to social, political and cultural dimensions, and diversity perspectives on American history.

Instruction

Instruction, campus course: Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period. English is the language of instruction.
 
Instruction, internet-based course: Teaching is done via web-based tools and platforms. A number of scheduled virtual meetings may be added. Group work will occur. Active participation in written is obligatory, as is active participation in virtual course meetings when such are offered. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period. English is the language of instruction.

Assessment

Assessment, campus course: Examination is conducted through spoken as well as written assignments and by continuous assessment. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.
 
Assessment, internet-based course: Examination is conducted through written assignments and by continuous assessment. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.
 
Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.
 
Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

The course may not be included in a degree with the course American studies A.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Jenkins, Philip A history of the United States

    Fifth edition.: London: Palgrave, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2017

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lepore, Jill This America : the Case for the Nation

    London: John Murray, 2020

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hansen, Karen V. Encounter on the Great Plains [Elektronisk resurs] : Scandinavian settlers and the dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2014

    Table of Contents / Abstracts

    "Introduction" is read.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lee, Erika America First, Immigrants Last: American Xenophobia Then and Now

    Part of:

    The journal of the gilded age and progressive era [Elektronisk resurs]

    Fremont, OH: Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, [2002-]

    vol. 19 (2020) nr. 1

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Scanned material and online resources.