Course: USA History - Introduction

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Course title USA History - Introduction
Course code KAJ/DUS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Koy Christopher Erwin, PhDr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
1: Introduction, prehistory of North American continent 2: Early America, pre-Columbian America 3: Colonial period - English colonies 4: American emancipation - Road to independence 5: Union and formation of national government 6: Western expansion and regional differences 7: Regional conflicts, growth and transformation 8: Discontent and desire for reforms 9: Civil war 10: Era of the Reconstruction 11: Era of prosperity and Progressivism 12: The World war one, world depression, The New Deal, World war two 13: Post-war America, decades of change 14: America in the 21. Century, current position and the role of the United States in the new world order

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
This is an introductory course addressing issues of the US history to the extent adequate for basic understanding of the subject in the context of students' field of study. A particular attention is paid to earlier periods of pre-Columbian America and to the beginnings of English colonization of the North American continent. In the US history proper we will follow the developments of English colonies, struggle for national independence, creation of modern democratic system of government, western frontiers expansion (its light and dark sides), conflicting attitudes toward the institution of slavery resulting in civil war, dynamic national developments in eras of reconstruction and progressivism, emergence of industrial power dominating western hemisphere, global economy and politics, the great depression and global economic crisis including participation of USA in WWI and WWII. Historical overview will conclude by an objective assessment of the current role of the United States within international community of nations, which is increasingly dependent on the exclusive position of the US President.
To acquire basic orientation in English colonization of "New England" including mastering of broader historical context within development of the North American continent.
Prerequisites
Minimum entry level of English: Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Regular active participation in class preparations, timely completion of all assignments (written reports on selected topics from English literature)
Recommended literature
  • A.Nevins, H.S.Commager:. The Pocket History of the United States, Overseas Editions 1962.
  • B.O.Callaghan:. An Illustrated History of the U:S:A., Longman 1992.
  • D.A.Ritchie:. Heritage of Freedom, Macmillan 1985.
  • G.D.Crothers:. American History, Holt, Rineheart, &Winston 1964.
  • H.Brogan:. The Pelican History of the U.S.A., Longman 1985.
  • J.Johanisová.:. Nástin historie a kultury anglicky mluvících zemí, skripta PF JU 1998.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer