HIS3003 Contemporary America
Pre-requisite: Any two courses of History or International Relations
This course will focus on the United States of America during the second half of the twentieth century. It begins with America's entry into the Second World War and continues to the `War on Terror' and the presidency of Barack Obama. The course incorporates themes of popular protest, youth culture, gender, race relations and America's international presence. Key events include Sixties' counter-culture, the Watergate scandal, Ronald Reagan's presidency, the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the 'Culture Wars'. The United States remains one of the most influential and complex nations in the world today, and this course will provide students with the historical context to understand contemporary America.