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HSY3990 - The American Civil War

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Mark Peel


Not offered in 2007


As for HSY2990


Students successfully completing this subject will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the history of the American Civil War, of the ways in which the war was understood by its various participants (including direct combatants, Northern and Southern black Americans, civilians, photographers and artists) and of its subsequent interpretation and representation by historians, film-makers and other cultural producers. They will also show skills in independent research and writing, collaborative research and presentation, and in the use of information technologies such as the WWW to locate, access and critically analyse various forms of historical data, documents and sources.


Group project (equivalent 1000 words): 30%
Research essay (3500 words): 70%
Students completing the subject at third-year level will be expected to analyse a wider range and variety of sources, and to display a greater critical understanding of the contested historical interpretations of the war, in their research essays.

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures and tutorials per week


A first-year sequence in History or permission