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Course module: GE2V15002
The Atlantic World: Europe and the United States, 1776-present
Course infoSchedule
Course codeGE2V15002
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Humanities; BA Onderwijs Geesteswetenschappen; Ug School Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis;
Contact persondr. J.B. Hung
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.B. Hung
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Teaching period
3  (08/02/2016 to 15/04/2016)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotA: MON-morning, TUE-afternoon, WED-morning
D: WED-afternoon, Friday
Study mode
Remarkje kunt je tijdens de wijzigingsdagen niet inschrijven voor deze cursus
Enrolment periodfrom 18/01/2016 up to and including 19/01/2016
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement process(Sub)school
Course goals
Overview of major events and themes in transatlantic history from 1776 to the present
Knowledge of relevant developments in American history and culture that affected European politics and society
Ability to compare the historical developments in the United States and Europe
Overview of the trans-Atlantic exchange of people, goods, money, ideas and practices.
Knowledge of relevant academic concepts such as transnational history, globalization, Americanization and cultural transfer
This course explores the complex relations between Europe and the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present. Starting point is the founding of the American Republic during the Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century. While the “first new nation” tried to distance itself from Europe during the nineteenth century cultural connections remained and new ties were forged by immigration and trade as the United States emerged as the agricultural and industrial power house of the world. This course will examine how in becoming a global power during what has been dubbed the “American Century” the United States determined the fate of Europe during the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, emerged as an international ally, an important trading partner, and an irresistible, yet controversial, reference culture for European society. The course will also explore how recent years have, however, seen a debate about consequences of geopolitical changes in a Post-American Europe. Students will learn to use academic concepts such as transnational history, globalization, Americanization, anti-Americanism, and cultural exchange. This course offers an essential framework for our understanding of the exchange of peoples, goods, economic models, ideas and cultural patterns that defined the Atlantic World.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Mary Nolan, The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America, 1890-2010 (Cambridge University Press, most recent edition) Susan-Mary Grant, A Concise History of the United States of America (Cambridge University Press, most reecent edition)
Costs of materials:55.00
Instructional formats

Class session preparation
Students are expected to read the assigned literature closely and to come to class prepared for a thorough discussion of the reading material. All students also prepare weekly web-based reading reports.

Contribution to group work
All students are expected to contribute to the preparation of oral presentations in small groups, which will involve Web-based assignments.


Essay prelim
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Communication skills
Knowledge leverage in a wider context

Assignment(s) 1
Test weight20
Minimum grade-

knowledge acquisition
written communication
Apply scientific knowledge in social issues

Test weight30
Minimum grade5.5

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