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AM204 - Early American Social History:1607-1775

  • Module code: AM204
  • Module name: Early American Social History:1607-1775
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines English colonies in North America from their establishment in the early seventeenth century to their break away from Britain in the 1770s. It will examine why the English felt the need for colonial expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, why they chose North America and how they went about creating new societies three thousand miles from home. While much of the module will be arranged chronologically, time will be set aside for the consideration of several social, ethnic, and cultural themes that do not fit quite so neatly into this format.

Principal learning outcomes

a) the further development of study, writing and communication skills; b) to provide the opportunity, through writing a 4000 word essay, to develop some or all of the following skills: the in-depth study of a tightly focused topic; the use of some primary source material such as letters, diaries, and government documents; the detailed exploration of a historiographic debate; independent research on a topic not covered in detail during the module; c) developing critical analytical skills through the assessment of different interpretations of evidence by historians; d) a capacity to critically assess the handling of primary source material in the construction of historical interpretation and debate, especially where such evidence is limited; e) an awareness of different historical sub-disciplines, through the comparative assessment of the contribution of historians of the economy, gender, race and ethnicity to the study of Early America; f) to facilitate the use of online resources, and to familiarize students with technology and its uses.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module runs throughout the year, with weekly lectures and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM204-30)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 45%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 45%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 2