Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the United States since the end of World War II. Topics of special interest will include: the growth of the federal government; the expansion of the social welfare state; the rise of the imperial presidency; the impact of the Cold War, Vietnam, the nuclear arms race, and the war against terrorism; the spread of the consumer culture; the expansion of the suburbs and the decline of cities; the evolution of American families; changes in the American workplace; the struggles of the civil rights movement; the rise of the youth movement; the changing roles of American females; and the impact of new technologies and globalization.
The format of the class will be lectures with frequent discussions. We will also be viewing documentary films.
Michael Schaller, Present Tense: The United States since 1945. 3rd ed.
Elaine May, Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era.
Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole' Miss.
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
David Finkel, The Good Soldiers
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Written work will consist of a mid-term examination, three short (750- to 1,000-word) critical essays, and a final examination.