Course: American History

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Course title American History
Course code KAJ/KHIAQ
Organizational form of instruction Seminar + On-line Activities
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Obenausová Světlana, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
An overview of the most important moments of American history and their relationships to the present-day situation. As this is a seminar, students are expected to study the topics for the class beforehand to be able to analyze primary sources and discuss matters. The teacher's presentations deal with selected issues only, using PowerPoint presentations, CD-ROM encyclopaedias, and video, as well as a rich variety of printed material. The online support material for the course contains questions, more links, pictures, maps, videos, interactive exercises and quizzes, tests, homework, online forums and much more. Topics: Columbus day in the USA and elsewhere The first English colonies in the New World Revolution and Fighting for Independence Founding Fathers and the American Constitution Years of growth for the white and forced removal of Indians Slavery, the Civil War and the Reconstruction The Railroad, cowboys, farmers, and sad end of buffalo and Amerindians Inventors and immigrants WWI, Jazz Age, Depression, New Deal, WWII The USA after WWII, the beginning of the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement Vietnam, the Hippies movement The USA after the Cold War

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Methods of Written Work, Demonstration, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand the most important moments of American history and their relationship to the present-day situation, to characterise the most important personalities of American history and put events on the timeline.
Ability to study in English.
Understanding a lecture and communicating in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Written exam, Essay, Student performance, Analysis of linguistic, Dialog

Students are set homework and quizzes all through the term in the online course. Active participation, with all tasks and tests being fulfilled, is the condition for getting a credit for the seminars. The course is concluded with an written test.
Recommended literature
  • McAuley, Karen. (1987). The United States. Past to Present. Lexington, USA.
  • O'Callaghan, Bryn. (2002). An Illustrated History of the USA. Harlow, England.
  • Ritchie, Donald A. (1985). Heritage of Freedom. History of the United States.. New York.
  • Tindall, George B. (1994). USA. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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