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070090 UE Guided Reading Economic and Social History - Topics in American Social and Economic History (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

We will start the course digitally on Moodle (Collaborate) but will meet in person for the final sessions (provided that the public health context allows it).
Please note: No show in the first session will result in deregistration from the course.

Freitag 16.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Freitag 23.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 06.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 20.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 04.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Freitag 11.12. 09:45 - 13:00 Hörsaal 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Freitag 11.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 5 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Was American economic development truly exceptional in a global perspective and which were its causes? Was American slavery an integral part of the world capitalist system and how did it contribute to national growth? How has the Civil War historiography evolved since the nineteenth century and how can we interpret its ambivalent history also in light of the current political debate? What can we learn from the “Free Silver” debate about the US political economy and Populism then and now? To what extent did the economic rise of the United States and the emergence of Anti-Americanism sentiment influence European economic policies?
In this class we approach four main historiographic debates on the economic and social history of the United States on the basis of primary sources and cutting-edge research. Our aim is not only to develop a critical understanding of American history in a global context but also to become conversant with a vast array of historiographic approaches and apply essential skills of history research through careful reading, extensive discussion and short written assignments.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Students are expected to read all the assigned texts before each class, timely deliver two short written assignments and actively contribute to class discussion.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Minimum requirements:

• regular attendance (max. 2 unexcused absences = 2 sessions = SWS 4.00. In case of illness confirmed by a doctor's note, additional absenteeism can be compensated by further written assignments)

• reading of all the assigned texts and active participation in class discussion (40% of the final grade)

• timely delivery of 2 short written assignments (30% of the final grade each = total 60%)

• in case of insufficient participation in class discussion some extra written work may be required.

Please note: in order to pass the course each and every requirement must be met (reading, participation, delivery of 2 written assignments).

Grading scale:
• 1 (excellent) 100 – 90 %
• 2 (good) 89 – 81 %
• 3 (satisfactory) 80 – 71 %
• 4 (sufficient) 70 – 61 %
• 5 (insufficient) 60 – 0 %


see above


to be announced in the first session

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA Geschichte (2012): Neuzeit, Zeitgeschichte (4 ECTS)
BA Geschichte (2019): Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (5 ECTS)
BEd UF Geschichte: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)
Diplom UF Geschichte: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte

Letzte Änderung: Di 14.12.2021 13:48