HS3S66-The New Deal: The USA and the Legacy of the Great Depression, 1933-1946, B

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: HS3S16 The New Deal: The USA and the Legacy of the Great Depression, 1933-1946, A
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Dr Jonathan Bell

Email: j.w.bell@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Specials aim to provide 'hands-on' experience of the historian's task through close examination and evaluation of primary sources and the light they shed on issues and problems. This particular module examines the political and social changes in the United States during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, together with an investigation of the immediate legacy of those changes after World War II.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • achieve a detailed command of the themes, events and eras studied
  • locate and assemble information on the subject by independent research
  • organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing
  • deploy primary materials to shed light on the issues and problems being studied.

Additional outcomes:
This module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student's effectiveness in group situations. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources.

Outline content:
The module will examine the relationship between the federal and state-level political changes of the New Deal years in the United States and the wide-ranging social evolution of the country during that period. Students will be required to define the different components of the New Deal, and evaluate its impact on American society. They will examine ways in which social change in the United States in the 1930s came despite, as well as because of, political reform. The unit also considers alternatives to New Deal policies, and examines why other routes to economic recovery failed or remained unconsidered. Students will also discuss the legacy of the Depression years, both in terms of political and social policy changes and enduring shifts in the social fabric of the United States.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching for this module and for HS3S16 together involves weekly two-hour discussion seminars. Students will gain 'hands-on' experience of the historian's task through the detailed evaluations of key texts, and the light they shed on the issues and problems being investigated. Students are expected to carry out self-directed revision in the Summer term. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 11 11
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 88 89
Total hours by term 99.00 101.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment is by long essay to be submitted in the summer term. Papers should not exceed 3,500 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Papers which exceed the word limit by more than 5% will incur a penalty of five marks. Candidates will be rewarded for making appropriate use of the prescribed texts. Papers must be submitted electronically via Blackboard and a hard copy handed in to the History office in week 2, by noon on Friday at the latest.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Students who failed Part Three are permitted one further attempt at a resit in each module they have failed. Students who fail Part Three will no longer be eligible for an Honours Degree, but, assuming the necessary threshold after the resit (normally an overall average of 35% or above) is achieved, students will obtain a Pass Degree. Where students are permitted to resit this module, coursework must be resubmitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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