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Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Bradford Bow

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

(i) Gobbet based E-Assessment completed via MyAberdeen (40%)

(ii) Online Exam (60%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

100% Take-Home Examination

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and evaluate different explanations and models seeking to explain change over time.
FactualUnderstandAnalyse the interaction of different cultures as well as the emergence and demise of new cultural practices, political systems, and civilizations.
ConceptualApplyCritically evaluate the interplay of external influences and development in the Americas.
ProceduralCreateApply different models and evidence bases to clear analyses of change over time in particular locations.

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