Modern United States History - ARTS2150

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of Humanities and Languages

Course Outline: School of Humanities & Languages

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: 30 units of credit at Level 1

Equivalent: HIST2045

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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Subject Area: History

This course focuses on United States history from the end of the Civil War, and the 1890s in particular, to the present. One line of inquiry examines the major transformations of United States society in terms of politics, the economy, and culture. Another line of inquiry zooms in on the evolving power, status, and role of the United States in a global context.
Much of the emphasis of this course is on the nexus between both lines of enquiry and examines how a changing United States has impacted the world and how a morphing world has transformed the United States. The course pays special attention to key periods like the quest for empire at the turn of the century, the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, 9/11, and the Great Recession. In doing so, the course will explore various key concepts, from the imperial presidency, laissez-faire economics, and the melting pot to informal empire, Wilsonianism, the American Century, soft power, the End of History, and the Post-American World.


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