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A House Divided: The American Civil War - HSTY2656

Year - 2018

The Civil War had momentous consequences for America - realigning the nation's political culture, ending slavery and forever transforming millions of lives. This unit analyses the social, cultural and political history of the Civil War and Reconstruction. We begin by looking at combat experience, civilian mobilization and state formation, the war's effects on gender and race relations and the causes for Reconstruction's failure, and we end by focusing on how and why this war continues to resonate in American culture.

2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

1x500wd essay proposal (10%) and 1x2000wd research essay (40%) and 1x2000wd take-home exam (35%) and tutorial participation (15%)


12 junior credit points in Ancient History or Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies




Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 2

30 Jul 2018

Department/School: History
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2018
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Frances Clarke
HECS Band: 1
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