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HIST6131 Themes in American History

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Knowledge and understanding of key shifts in interpretations of American history
  • Knowledge and understanding of diverse subject fields in and variety of approaches to American history
  • Detailed comprehension of and critical intellectual engagement with one particular subject field or approach in coursework


An indicative list of topics on this module would include: re-interpreting American history: transformations in historiography; Black lives matter: slavery and race in American history; the state in American history; religion in American history; American modernity: science and technology; America abroad: varieties of American empire; and sources and secrecy in American history.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%
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