American Society: Ethnic Encounters in the Making of the USA

The details
Sociology and Criminology
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 14 December 2018
27 March 2002


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA LL37 Social Anthropology with Human Rights,
BA LL38 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year)

Module description

In this module we will examine the social, political and economic encounters between the European settlers, American Indians, African-Americans and Latino migrant groups that have shaped the social and political development of the United States. The first term (SC361-6-AU) will primarily deal with relations between European settlers/white Americans and Native American Indians. This will begin with an overview of Native American society today. We then rewind through history starting with the English colonisation of North America, proceeding with Westward expansion, and examining how the justifications for white dominance through doctrines such as manifest destiny and the frontier thesis. The first term will also consider how US government policies became a major determinant of the fate of American Indians. We finish the term by looking at social representations of American Indians, environmental issues, the role of alcohol in white-Indian relations, and contemporary Native American cultural revitalization.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

Available as full option
Available as a half option (SC361-6-AU Autumn, SC361-6-SP Spring).
Available as an Outside Option
Available for third year students

Learning and teaching methods

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This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   ESSAY  14/01/2019  100% 
Exam  Main exam: 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Colin Samson, email:
Professor Colin Samson
Jane Harper, Student Administrator (Years 2/3), email:, telephone: 01206 873052



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Sociology and Criminology

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