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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tim Verhoeven


Previously coded HSY2985


After providing a general overview of the history of the United States in the twentieth century, this unit examines three key themes. 'Race' traces struggles over the meaning of racial difference in America, with a particular emphasis on the civil rights and black protest movements. 'Rights', examines the contest over civil, social and human rights in the United States between 1900 and 2000 and the meaning of 'freedom' for women, cultural minorities and the poor. 'Power' examines Americans' continuing debates about their place in the world, with a particular emphasis upon the role of the United States in twentieth-century global and regional conflicts.


Students successfully completing HSY2895 will be expected to demonstrate a comprehensive historical understanding of key themes in the history of the United States after 1900: the expression of and challenges to racial oppression; the ongoing debate about the nature and extent of the rights of American citizens; and the debates within the United States about America's status as a global power. In addition, they will be expected to demonstrate a good critical understanding of the contested interpretations that inform the history of the twentieth-century United States, skills in the critical and analytical reading of a variety of written and visual texts, the capacity to work with others in a collaborative research project and presentation, and skills in the critical use of historical data and documentary evidence available on the web.


Written work: 80% (3500 words)
Class test: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tim Verhoeven

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Human rights theory
International studies