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HST11002   Land of Liberty? Rights in the USA, 1776-2016   (20 credits)

Year Running: 2020/2021
Credit level: F4


In 1776, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that men were created with 'certain unalienable rights'. Yet the new United States denied those rights to large swathes of its people. Examining themes which resonate powerfully today, this module explores American history as a struggle over how rights have been defined and debated, expanded and contracted, and secured and denied. Linking the history of ideas to the efforts of ordinary people, we will look at debates over liberty and slavery, democracy and disenfranchisement, capital and labour, integration and segregation, gender and sexuality, nationalism and internationalism, and conservatism and liberalism.


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Teaching Methods

Delivery Type Hours
Independent 164.5
Lecture 22.0
Seminar 11.0
Tutorial 0.5

Methods of assessment

Assessment Type Duration % of formal assessment Semester
Course Work 0.0 30 % S2
Exam 2.0 50 % S2
Other 0.0 20 % S2

Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2020-21.