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An examination into the origins of popular government, the genius of American revolutionary politics, and the Civil War which ended slavery.
History 257 narrates one of the great episodes in the history of the West. It details the emergence of the United States as the first new democratic nation in the world. Undertaking the first revolution in the modern world, the Americans defeated Britain, created a new nation and composed the world's oldest extant written Constitution. Several generations later that same democracy fought the first modern war. From 1861-65 Americans engaged in a bloody struggle that threatened the existence of the nation. This course seeks to explore in the history of the United States our origins as moderns and democrats.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 30 points at 200 level from HIST, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Please check the course Learn page for further details and updates.
Domestic fee $1,641.00
International fee $7,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts