HIST2006 Imperial America—1845 to Present

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The United States is a nation born of revolutionary struggle against an imperial power, yet its core concept of human emancipation was founded upon the enslavement of Africans and the expropriation of native people's lands. This unit examines these deep, shifting and persistence contradictions, from the US–Mexico War to the present day. It is a social and cultural history of the nation and its diverse peoples, with special emphasis on the interaction of everyday life, high politics and evolving political economies. Students gain specific knowledge of American history by analysing its social movements, political transformations, foreign policies and the effects of economic change. At the same time, they gain an understanding of basic issues in the historiography of the United States.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an ability to assess key concepts and debates in US historiography, serving as an example of broader historical practice; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by the historical interpretation of imperial America; (3) demonstrate detailed knowledge of the major events and key political and cultural movements in United States history from 1845 to present; (4) locate appropriate sources for a research essay including textual, visual and aural primary source materials; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral form using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) an annotated bibliography; and (3) a research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ethan Blue
Unit rules
12 points of Level 1 units
HIST2240 Cowboy Colonialism: the American West; HIST2275 The USA from Civil War to Superpower; HIST2277 The USA since 1945
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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