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Making Modern America: Revolution and Civil War HTA270


This unit examines the creation of the United States of America by focusing on two significant conflicts. We begin by studying the origins and outcomes of the eighteenth century American War of Independence - an event that was both a civil war within the British Empire and an American Revolution. We then study how tensions within the new republic, particularly over slavery, led to an American Civil War in the nineteenth century that had profound national and international significance.


Unit name Making Modern America: Revolution and Civil War
Unit code HTA270
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Anthony Page
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key themes in the history of the United States of America.
  • Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the American past.
  • Construct evidence-based arguments and articulate them in written and oral form with greater ability and confidence.
  • Integrate concepts of historical understanding, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, empathy, significance, perspectives and contestability.

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly 2.5 hour seminar (consisting of a tutorial and lecture, with a short break), plus an online recorded lecture (45 mins)

Off Campus:
Weekly online recorded lectures (2 x 45 mins), and participation in online discussions.

AssessmentShort written assignment (10%)|Tutorial participation (15%)|Take home exam (35%)|Research essay (40%)
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