Syllabus for Global American History

Global amerikansk historia


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN752
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: G1F

    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: 2021-09-14
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    American Studies A1 or 30 credits within the humanities or the social sciences

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will

  • be able to understand and analyze central dimensions of the global and transnational processes that have shaped U.S. history
  • be able understand how transnational academic theories and perspectives affect the interpretation of U.S. history
  • be able to critically reflect on different theories and perspectives in the course literature.


The course examines U.S. history from global and transnational perspectives. It focuses on themes such as imperialism and territorial expansion, the cultural, economic, political, and military influence of the United States in the world, and how the outside world has related to the United States.


Teaching is done through lectures and seminars. Virtual meetings may occur. 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.


Examination is done through spoken as well as 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 three occasions during the following three semesters. 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 B1 or with the course American History II (5EN722).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Gabaccia, Donna R. Foreign relations : American immigration in global perspective

    Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, c2012.

    E-book through UUB.

    Find in the library


  • Hoganson, Kristin L. The heartland : an American history

    New York: Penguin Books, 2020

    Find in the library


  • Holsti, Ole R To see ourselves as others see us : how publics abroad view the United States after 9/11


    Find in the library


  • Immerwahr, Daniel How to Hide an Empire : a Short History of the Greater United States

    London: The Bodley Head, 2019

    Find in the library


Scanned material and online resources may be added.