Level of study Second Year
Credit value 20
Pre-requisite modules You must have completed at least one year of appropriate study in this discipline.’
This survey course aims to introduce students to the key themes in American History since 1890. The course explores political, social, economic and cultural developments. The key themes are:
The rise of the USA as a global power, including the World Wars, Cold War era and Vietnam conflict. The course explores the development, goals, implementation and impact of American Foreign policy on the world and on US politics and society. The course aims to highlight the links between foreign and domestic policy;
Major social movements within the US including populism, women's movements and civil rights. The course explores groups that have agitated for change in the US, assessing their aims, strategies and impact;
The evolution of the US political system from the progressives through the post-Reagan era, and crises of the American political system, including the McCarthy era and Watergate.