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The American Civil War (6 points)


Leader: Mark Peel

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will relate the history of the American Civil War, with a particular focus on the political, social and ideological origins of the conflict between North and South; contemporary and historical understandings of the causes and outcomes of the war; the international significance of the Civil War as a political, military and social conflict; the experience and perspectives of 'ordinary Americans' before, during and after the war, with particular attention to soldiers and on slaves before and after emancipation; and the representation of the conflict in photography, fiction, film, popular memory and historical scholarship during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Assessment: Group project (equivalent 1000 words): 30% + Research essay (2500 words): 50% + Examination (1 hour): 20%

Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures and tutorials per week

Prerequisites: A first year sequence in History or permission

Prohibitions: HSY3990

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