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070008 UE Guided Reading Economic and Social History (2021W)

An exceptional country? Capitalism, war and social conflict in American history

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work
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Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will be held digitally via Collaborate (on Moodle).

Please note: No show in the first session will result in deregistration from the course.

Friday 01.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG
Friday 08.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG
Friday 22.10. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG
Friday 05.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG
Friday 19.11. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG
Friday 10.12. 14:00 - 18:15 Digital
Kommunikationsraum WISO Hauptgebäude Stiege 6 ZG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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 %

Examination topics

see above

Reading list

to be announced in the first session

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Fr 03.09.2021 11:47