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HIST310 Issues in United States History

A critical examination of an issue or period in American history.

This paper focuses on a particular topic in the history of the United States. Currently, the focus is reflected in the title: Freaks and Normals: U.S. History as Disability History. In other words, the paper traces the history of freakery, normality and other ideas about disability through American history, demonstrating the truth of historian Doug Baynton's assertion that "disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it".

Paper title Issues in United States History
Paper code HIST310
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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18 200-level HIST, ARTH or ARTV points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.

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To be advised when paper is next offered

Course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To develop an ability to ask significant questions, to interpret and evaluate primary and secondary sources and to express ideas in a logical, concise manner
  • To promote skills in teamwork and oral communication
  • To gain an appreciation for the diversity of experience in American history beyond familiar categories of race, class, gender and sexual orientation
  • To understand how and why seemingly immutable biological conditions are in fact socially constructed and what that means
  • And, ultimately, to grapple with the fundamental question underlying all study in the humanities - as well as much of the social and biological sciences: what does it mean to be "human"?

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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