Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

In this module you explore the causes of the American Civil War.

You study:

  • President Polk's decision to go to war against Mexico in 1846
  • the Compromise of 1850
  • the demise of a national party system that had held the Union together since the 1830s
  • the rise of North-South tensions in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • the sources of southern proslavery nationalism in the 1850s
  • the rise of the antislavery Republican Party
  • the South's response to Lincoln's election.


48%: Lecture
52%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 18 hours of contact time and 132 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.