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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2441 Race, Gender and Cultural Protest in the US since 1865

20 creditsClass Size: 42

Module manager: Dr Kate Dossett
Email: k.dossett@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This course looks at how gender and race shaped the cultural and political struggles of women from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds from Reconstruction to the present day. Topics include:- The role of women in maintaining white supremacy in the segregated south; the impact of the Civil War and later World Wars on American women; The Birth Control Movement; progressivism and the New Deal; The role of women in the Civil rights and Black Power movements; second wave feminism and Women of the New Right. Texts will include speeches, essays, films, newspapers, novels, plays and organizational records.

Objectives

On completion of this module students should be able to:
a) Understand the impact of race and gender on American culture and politics since 1865;
b) Be familiar with recent historiographical developments in gender and race history;
c) Handle a range of cultural and political texts including novels, speeches, journalistic pieces, newspapers and organizational records;
d) Apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American History, drawing on approaches derived from sociology, literary criticism and American cultural studies.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:
- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

This course looks at how gender and race shaped the cultural and political struggles of women from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds from Reconstruction to the present day.

Topics include:-
The role of women in maintaining white supremacy in the segregated south; the impact of the Civil War and later World Wars on American women; The Birth Control Movement; progressivism and the New Deal; The role of women in the Civil rights and Black Power movements; second wave feminism and Women of the New Right.

Texts will include speeches, essays, films, newspapers, novels, plays and organizational records.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial91.009.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Exam preparation; researching, preparing, and writing assignments; undertaking set reading; and self-directed reading around the topic.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 assessed essay due by 12 noon on Monday of teaching week 840.00
Group Project/Project/DissertationFormat to be determined by tutor10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

10% oral presentations are redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2018

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