USA and the World

Subject HIST30065 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 29 hours – 12 x 1.5 hour lectures and 11 x 1 hour tutorials
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Emma Shortis



Subject Overview:

The subject examines the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world in the 20th century. The subject explores America's rise to global power, the ideological foundations of U.S. foreign policy, and how, why, and with what effects the United States has exercised its power. We cover key events, including the two world wars, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and CIA interventions in Latin America and the Middle East. We also explore different facets of American power - political, military, economic, and cultural. We look at whether the United States should be considered an "empire" and at the role of morality in foreign policy. A central aim is to understand the roots of American foreign policy today.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • gain a general knowledge of the principal figures and significant events and developments in U.S. foreign relations;
  • gain familiarity with the major historiographical debates concerning U.S. foreign relations and with major interpretive perspectives and approaches to the subject;
  • develop skills in locating and analysing primary and secondary sources in constructing and evaluating historical arguments.
  • develop research skills using printed and electronic sources, both primary and secondary, in preparing a substantial research essay;
  • develop research skills using printed and electronic sources, both primary and secondary, in preparing a substantial research essay;
  • develop skills in clear and persuasive written expression and argumentation; and
  • develop skills of critical thinking and oral expression and argumentation through group discussion.
  • Three quizzes due mid-semester (10%)
  • A 1500 word analytical essay due mid-semester (35%)
  • A 2500 word research essay due in the examination period (45%)
  • Tutorial participation throughout the semester (10%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
  • Student must receive a pass mark (50 or higher) on the research essay.
  • Students must complete a plagiarism quiz.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available online.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - History

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