The United States from Civil War to Superpower

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The United States from Civil War to Superpower

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Surveys the domestic history and foreign relations of the U.S. since 1865. Topics include: reconstruction, industrialisation, immigration, progressive reform, the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan, the Great Depression, the New Deal, Civil Rights, the liberal experiments of the 1960s, Malcolm X and Black Power, feminism, and the conservative resurgence beginning with the election of Richard Nixon in 1968. In foreign policy, the main theme is the tension between 'isolationism' and 'internationalism,' paying specific attention to America's acquisition of an empire in the late nineteenth century, US entry into the World Wars, the Cold War and the Gulf War.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Develop students' understanding of American history in the period since the Civil War;

    2. Develop students' ability to think critically;

    3. develop students' ability to conduct research;

    4. enhance students' ability to present arguments and analysis in written and oral form.


    This course analyses key issues in American History since the Civil War, including: industrialisation, immigration, and urbanisation in the post-Civil War period, race relations, American foreign policy since the late nineteenth century, the US during the 1920s, the Depression and New Deal, the Civil rights movement, McCarthyism and anti-communism, America during the 1960s, and the conservative revival.

    Assessment Items

    In Term Test: Examination: Class

    Essay: Short Essay

    Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography

    Essay: Major Essay

    Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.