School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

MHY7056 - The making of the United States

MHY7056 - The making of the United States

Module Focus

This module aims to provide students working in a range of subfields in US history with a broad understanding of developments in American historiography over the past generation—a period that has seen seismic shifts in interpretive perspective and a dramatic expansion of the scope of scholarly inquiry. The syllabus follows a chronological structure, with weekly seminars focused on field-defining articles and more narrowly focused studies showcasing innovative scholarship. Readings are supplemented with questions for consideration and a longer list of optional related monographs and edited collections. Through reading and discussion, seminar presentations, and a variety of writing and teaching assignments, students on the module will explore recent trends in American historiography, learn to develop specialised courses around their particular interests, and have an opportunity to design and deliver a lecture related to their module handbook.

How will the module be taught?

The module is taught through a weekly seminar.

How will the module be assessed?

The module is assessed through Seminar participation (10%); Preparation of a 17-20 minute lecture (20%);  Design of Syllabus for an undergraduate  module (70%).

What can I read over the summer vacation?

George Tindall, America: A Narrative History, 5th ed. (W. W. Norton, 1999) is the recommended textbook.