This unit examines why and how American politics, culture, economics, and ideas have such a significant impact around the world. Exploring the tension between global and insular America by focusing primarily on the 21st century, we take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the nature of global America. To effectively analyse how America captures and shapes international relations and imaginations across the globe, we examine a series of topics (imperialism, freedom, race, the environment, and sexuality) from both political and cultural/literary perspectives. Students intending to study American Studies at senior level are also required to complete an additional 1000-level American Studies unit.
The purpose of this unit is to enable students to think critically about the key issues affecting the United States in the global 21st century.
By the end of this unit of study, students should be able to:
This unit of study is cross-listed with American Studies and English.
Taught in Semester 2, 2019
1 x 2 hour lecture per week
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
60% 3 x critical reviews (1000 words each)
10% tutorial participation
30% exam (1.5 hours)
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