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HIST2351 The American Century, 1941-1980

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr SD Hall

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2004/05

This module is approved as an Elective


Students completing this course should:
a) understand the major social, economic, political and cultural developments that have taken place in America during the years 1941-1980.
b) be familiar with the important historical writings on the period.
c) be able to express their ideas and arguments effectively in group discussions.
d) have further developed their essay writing and presentation skills.


In the February 1941 issue of Life magazine, American publisher Henry Luce declared that the twentieth century would be "the American Century". This course sets out to explore the major social, economic, political and cultural developments of American history from the Second World War to the election of Ronald Reagan. The course will examine American foreign and domestic policy; presidential leadership; the battles between American liberalism and conservatism; and the role of people's movements in American society. The Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the rise of the new left and the new conservatism will feature prominently. Students will be encouraged to become familiar with some of the central historiographical debates, and documentary sources will be used as discussion aids.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 11 x l hour;

Tutorials: 6 x 1 hour.

Private study

Preparation for seminars, oral presentations, assessed essay and examination.
183 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed essay and oral contribution to tutorials.

Methods of assessment

One 2-hour examination at the end of the teaching semester (60%);
1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be handed in teaching week 10 (30%);
Oral contribution (10%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/08/2004


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