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The course examines the origins, growth, and development of the several civilisations of the Americas from the European invasion through to the present. The course is organized around the themes of ‘Inclusion and Exclusion’ which will pair a narrative history of the development of the United States of America with contrasting or countervailing narratives and topics that reflect other, alternative, or contrasting histories. Topics will thus include, among others, the American and Haitian Revolutions, the growth of the American Frontier and the Comanche Empire, the Cold War and the campaign for Civil Rights. The course will conclude with lectures on contemporary America as seen through an historical lens.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
The course examines the origins, growth, and development of the several civilizations of the Americas, north and south, from the pre-Columbian period through to the present. Potential topics will include the Maya, Inca, and Aztec; the Spanish, French and British colonial periods; the independence of the United States, the growth of the South American republics, the development of Canada; the so-called ‘American Century’; and the examination of the contemporary Americas through a historical lens.
Assessment will be by essay and by a gobbet exercise.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
(i) Gobbet based E-Assessment completed via MyAberdeen (40%)
(ii) Online Exam (60%)
Alternative Resit Assessment100% Take-Home Examination
There are no assessments for this course.
|Understand and evaluate different explanations and models seeking to explain change over time.
|Analyse the interaction of different cultures as well as the emergence and demise of new cultural practices, political systems, and civilizations.
|Critically evaluate the interplay of external influences and development in the Americas.
|Apply different models and evidence bases to clear analyses of change over time in particular locations.