HIST127-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012

American History

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 9 July 2012
End Date: Sunday, 11 November 2012
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 20 July 2012
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 5 October 2012


The history of British America and the US from 1492 to the present.

This course offers a survey of the history of the United States from its origins as a British colony in the New World through to the end of the twentieth century.  It provides students with a framework for understanding the key themes and problems in the development of what was an unprecedented experiment in modern times of a democratic republic and in its rise to the status of a world power.  It is a history rich in paradox, with episodes of tragedy and violence, feats of human ingenuity and courage, and tensions both productive and destructive. Political, social, economic and cultural threads are woven together in exploring the history of a diverse nation and its people.  HIST127 traces American history from the first settlers to the present day.  It examines major themes and events in American history, with a particular focus on European expansion and the role of the United States, its politics and people, in Atlantic and World contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
  • A broad overall knowledge of American History in a world-historical context.
  • Some demonstrable increase in creative, communicative and collaborative skills.
  • Ability to analyse the major events explored in the course with a view to answering questions about causation, human agency, and pivotal moments.
  • Some awareness of differences among historians in approaching key topics.
  • Some ability to connect facts and dates and personages to the larger questions about the relation of Americans’ experience to modern history.


HIST119, HIST120, AMST127

Equivalent Courses

Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 11:00am-12:00pm Law 108 3 Sep - 14 Oct
Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm E9 Lecture Theatre 3 Sep - 14 Oct

Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 02 Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 03 Friday 2:00pm-3:00pm Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 04 Friday 11:00am-12:00pm Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 05 Friday 9:00am-10:00am Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

Peter Field


Maureen Montgomery


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
First Essay 20%
Second Essay 30%
Final Exam - 2 hours 40%
Tutorial Assessment 10%

Examination and Formal Tests

Exam Thursday 25 Oct 2012 2:30pm-4:30pm  

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Eric Foner; Give me Liberty!; Volume 2; 2011.

Field, P.S; The Paradox of Freedom;

Course links

Library portal

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Two lectures a week and one tutorial on the following topics: European expansion into the Atlantic, African slavery in the Americas, the first British empire, American independence, the origins of constitutional democracy, antebellum politics and society, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of industrialisation, American imperialism, Progressivism, the World Wars and the nuclear age, the Vietnam war, and the social crises of the 1960s.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $619.00

International fee $2,688.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All HIST127 Occurrences

  • HIST127-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012