THE WORLD SINCE 1945: FROM TRUMAN TO TRUMP

HIS1AWA

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the political, social and cultural history of the USA from the 1940s to today, with a focus on the period 1945 - 1991. It explores the intersection of social and economic change, political reforms and realignments, and popular culture spanning the immediate post-war, through the Cold War, through to the contemporary age.  Addressing the consumerism and prosperity of the long peace of the 1940s-60s, the emergence of civil rights and identity politics, and themes of glamour, celebrity and violence, it seeks to introduce the broad contours of US history.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRoland Burke

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARH2AWA or ARH3AWA or HIS2AWA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse visual and written texts

Activities:
Lecture, tutorial, and prescribed reading
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Evaluate sources and lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
Lecture and tutorial activity, and assessments 1,2,3.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Assess continuity and change over time

Activities:
Lecture and tutorial activity, and assessments 2, 3.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Identify and assimilate sources, lines of argument and evidence on a history topic

Activities:
Lecture and tutorial activity, and assessments 1, 2.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

05. Investigate a topic related the historical period and frame a response

Activities:
Lecture and tutorial activity, and assessments 1 and 2.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRoland Burke

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1600-word essayTo be completed at the close of semester.40 01, 03
One 2,000-word essayEntails substantial research and appreciation for a diversity of source materials.50 01, 02, 04
One 400-word essay proposalTo provide feedback to assist in preparation of the major essay.10 01, 03, 05