Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Nickerson, Michelle
Discipline and Number
HIST 4378 Section 001
TR Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
U.S. Political Hist after 1945

Description of Course:

This upper-level undergraduate course will combine lecture and seminar-style discussion to explore U.S. domestic and foreign policy, political culture, social movements, and political economy since World War II. From the rise of the New Deal welfare state and libertarianism to the new left and the new Right, we will debate causation, compose Wikipedia sites, read across genres, and work on your writing skills.

Required Texts:

Assigned Reading:

Michael CC Adams, The Best War Ever (Johns Hopkins, 1993) 978-0801846977

Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried (Mariner Books, Oct. 2009) 978-0618706419

Bill Ayers, Fugitive Days (Beacon Press, 2008) 0807032778

David Farber, Taken Hostage (Princeton Univ. Press, 2006) 978-0691127590

Andrew J. Bacevich, Limits of American Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (Holt Paperbacks, 2009) 978-0805090161


Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 7th Edition (University of Chicago Press, 2007) 978-0226823379

H.W. Brands, American Dreams: The United States Since 1945 (Penguin, 2010), 978-1594202629

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Since the course material is gear toward upper-lever undergraduates, students will be expected to read and write at that level. Completion of your major's 3000-level requirement is strongly recommended (ex. history 3301 Historical Inquiry). Participation in classroom discussion is a necessary component of this class experience

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