Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)
15 credits, Level 5
In this module you explore the causes of the American Civil War.
- 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.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 23 hours of contact time and about 127 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- American Studies and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- American Studies and Film Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- American Studies and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- American Studies and Politics (with a study abroad year) BA
- Anthropology and History BA
- English and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and History BA
- History BA
- History and International Relations BA
- History and Philosophy BA
- History and Politics BA
- History and Sociology BA