What is the course about?
This course is about American political conservatism, what the ideology is, how it has evolved over time, debates amongst proponents, and critiques by opponents and academics.
What will we cover?
-Herbert Hoover’s response to the Great Depression
- The Republican Party’s critiques of FDR’s New Deal
- Key figures, including: Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, George Wallace, Ronald Reagan, and Newt Gingrich
- The Religious Right
- Conservative Populism
- Donald Trump’s election and administration.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Better understand what is meant by “conservativism”
- Better understand how the Republican Party’s ideology has changed and evolved over time and what it means to be in one or another “wing” of the party.
- Have a better understanding of the political debates raging in the USA during Republican primaries.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
-The tutor will use a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities to teach the course.
- You do not need to do work outside of class, but reading materials will be available if you wish to learn more.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Be prepared to take notes. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop/tablet.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Take a look at our range of American History courses available in our prospectus or online.