Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course, the United States since 1989, will analyze the key domestic developments in the United States and the evolving international role of the United States in the period since the end of the Cold War in 1989. Topics of special interest will include: presidential and national politics; immigration; the development of a multi-cultural society; the changing role and status of women; the gay liberation movement; technological and economic change; the growing inequality in U.S. society; and the impact of the Great Recession. International topics will include; globalization and free trade; the Persian Gulf War; the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq; the global war on terror; and the U.S. position as the "hyperpower" of the world.
In analyzing the above topics we will be reading historical monographs and novels and viewing a variety of documentary films such as "Inside Job," "Shut Up and Sing," and "The Queen of Versailles."
The format of the class will be lectures with frequent discussions.
This course counts as an upper-level course for Historical Studies majors.
Michael Schaller, America's Right Turn: American Life in the Reagan-Bush Era, 1980-1992.
Haynes Johnson, Best of Times: America in the Clinton Years.
Terry Anderson, Bush's Wars.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
John Heilemann & Mark Halperin, Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.
Peter Bergen: Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
The student will be asked to purchase six paperbacks. Written work will consist of three (3-4 page) critical essays, and two examinations.
Please note that the instructor places a high value on class attendance and participation. Class attendance is MANDATORY. Attendance will be taken each day.