Syllabus for American History II

Amerikansk historia II


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN722
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2010-12-08
  • Established by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Revised: 2015-06-04
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2016
  • Entry requirements: American History, 7.5 credits, or 30 credits within the humanities and social studies disciplinary research domain.
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • show, in English, a good knowledge of selected themes in American history
  • analyse in English the factors and events that have influenced American history within these themes
  • analyse in written English a history text about the history of the United States.


The course discusses selected important themes and problems in American history from both historiographical and analytical perspectives. The choice of themes can vary from term to term.


Group instruction, self-study. Teaching, class discussions, and examination are in English


Examination is both oral and in writing. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right, upon request, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Holsti, Ole R To see ourselves as others see us : how publics abroad view the United States after 9/11


    Find in the library


  • De Grazia, Victoria Irresistible empire : America's advance through twentieth-century Europe

    Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005

    Find in the library


  • Tyrrell, Ian R. Transnational nation : United States history in global perspective since 1789

    Second edition.: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

    Find in the library


  • "American Exceptionalism"

    Part of:

    Moghaddam, Fathali M. SAGE encyclopedia of political behavior

    First edition.: Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc., [2017]

    s. 24-27

    Find in the library


  • Deneen, Patrick J. "Cities of Man on a Hill"

    Part of:

    American Political Thought

    University of Chicago Press,

    vol. 1 (2012) nr. 1

    Find in the library


Eric Foner. What Is American Exceptionalism?:

American Exceptionalism: The History of an Idea:

Photocopied material.

Reading list revisions