Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the social and cultural history of the USA and the meaning of 'Americanness'. Starting immediately after the foundation of the Republic and finishing with the era of gangsters, jazz and prohibition, our theme throughout is the making of a distinctive 'American' vision. We explore the connections between major events like the Civil War, and longer term changes like the role of women, with the art and culture they generated. In the wealth and power of industrialisation, immigration, and urbanisation lay the conflict and dynamism that was the source of a uniquely modern culture.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDiane Kirkby

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of first year History and/or 30 credit points of first year Art History


Incompatible subjects ARH2MAM, ARH3MAM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading American ArtPreliminaryMarianne Doezema and Elizabeth MilroyYALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1998

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDiane Kirkby

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1.5 hour examThird-year students will be expected to show a greater achievement of discipline-specific skills in their written work than second-year students.35
one 2000-word essay40
one short answer test25