Fall 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course, the U.S. in the Post-Cold War Era, will analyze the key domestic developments in the United States and the evolving international role of the United States in the period since 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 feature films and documentaries such as "The Messenger," "Shut Up and Sing," and "The Queen of Versailles."
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.
Jeffrey Toobin, Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six- Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election.
Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World.
Peter Hahn, Missions Accomplished? : The United States and Iraq since World War I.
Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.
Rachel Maddow, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.
Gretchen Morgensen and Joshua Rosner, Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.
Tom Perrotta, The Abstinence Teacher.
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom.
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Faithful attendance at seminar sessions; vigorous and informed participation in seminar discussions; submission of a series (8-12) of short (1,250 words) papers based on assigned readings. Note: We will be staying until 9:45 p.m. each seminar session, because we will be viewing documentary and feature films in addition to discussing and analyzing the readings.