American Exceptionalism


The American belief in the nation’s exceptionalism (as a special or ‘chosen’ nation) has influenced many aspects of society, politics, and foreign policy in the United States. This course examines the roots, growth, and contemporary significance of the United States as an exceptional nation.


This unit is not available in 2019

Frances Chauncey
"I have a lifelong and deep passion for the United States and this is why I undertook study with the USSC. The amazing collegial support from fellow students, teaching and faculty staff at the Centre has gone well beyond the classroom and I’ve made many long-term friendships here." Frances Chauncey


10% class participation
45% essay (3000 words)
45% exam (2 hour)

Courses that offer this unit of study

  • Graduate Certificate in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Public Policy

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