This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of American history, politics, economics, society and culture. It examines the interplay of major themes, subjects, and ideas from these spheres, and will provide students with the foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary America. Designed to prepare both recent and returning students for postgraduate US Studies, the unit consists of lecture content and interactive group work organised around scholarly readings with consistent themes. The unit will make use of online delivery, distributing lectures ahead of seminars and saving class time for interactive group projects.
Taught in weeks 1-3 of Semester 1, 2018
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 3 x 3 hour intensive classes
20% class participation including journal
40% learning portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words)
40% research essay (3000 words)
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