Knowledge - Upon completion of this course students will have knowledge of:
American history from the Civil War until present time
ways of life, society and cultural expressions in a historical perspective
historical development through the reading of selected primary texts
norms for academic- and historical writing of reliability of sources
Skills - Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
account for essential features of development in American history
account for values, norms, attitudes, society and ways of life in historical America
critically evaluate primary and secondary texts relating to American history
write individual texts based on critical use of sources in line with relevant academic practices
General competence - Upon completion of this course students will have the competence to:
use their knowledge as foundation for further studies of history, culture and literature
use their knowledge in teaching, communication and other informative tasks
communicate their historical knowledge and competence to a targeted audience in satisfactory ways
The course is Transatlantic with students from both the USA and Norway. It aims to convey knowledge and understanding of historical developments in the USA from the end of The Civil War until present time. Furthermore, the course aims to give increased insight into how historical events and human beings have shaped American development and how these have influenced ways of living and thinking. Ultimately, the course aims to achieve an enhanced understanding of American history through analysis and adaptation of selected texts and at the same time increase the intellectual insight into the use of digital learning platforms and mutual and mixed seminars.
This is a digital course with mixed Americans/Norwegian seminars. Afternoon and evening work must be expected due to the time difference between the USA and Norway. The workload in the course is estimated to 270 hours where the main effort consists of preparations and participations in synchronous and/or asynchronous seminars. Students are expected to give one oral presentation in the course. Language of instruction is English.
One oral presentation to be approved/passed. At least 80 % compulsory attendance in synchronous and/or asynchronous seminars.
Assessment methods and criteria
Portfolio evaluation consisting of 2 written works/submissions. Submissions will be assessed collectively, and one final grade will be given. Graded assessment. More information will be given at the beginning of term in Canvas.
The study program manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the course will have midterm or end of term evaluation in line with Quality System section 4.1.