American History since 1877

Module Code: AM1004 

Module co-ordinator: Dr Andrew Johnstone

In this module we will survey the history of the United States since 1877, exploring key events, issues, and themes to provide a framework for further study in American history and culture.

Topics covered

  • Development of the 'imperial' presidency
  • The USA and the world
  • Tension between rural life/values and the urban destiny of the United States
  • Race, class, and gender in American life
  • Ideology in American life and politics


  • Twenty one-hour lectures
  • Six one-hour seminars


  • Exam (80%)
  • A 2,000-word essay (20%)
  • A seminar presentation (this is compulsory but not assessed)