The American century: the US from 1945 to 2021
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HAH62
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course examines the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of the United States between 1945 and 2021. It considers both domestic and foreign policy, and the cultural and social changes that occurred since World War 2.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The Early Cold War
- The post-war prosperity of the 1950s
- The classic civil rights movement
- The politics and culture of the Sixties
- Corruption and distrust of the US government during the Watergate era
- The Reagan Years
- The US at the end of the Cold War
- 9/11 and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- 21st century partisanship and civil divisions of the modern day.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the development of modern-day America and its political alliances of the modern day
- explain the historical foundations of current issues facing the United States such as race and its role in the world
- unpack certain aspects of American culture and politics such as the political divisions in the US.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge is required or assumed. As with our other history and politics curious curiosity and a willingness to listen to new perspectives is more important than content knowledge or any particular skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal tutor input and discussion with student participation encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no toher costs, but you may wish to bring pen and paper, or digital equivalents, for any voluntary note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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HPC64 State of the Union: One year of the Biden administration….and the continuing saga of Trump
HPC113 Bill and Hillary: 30 years of the Clintons
HAH40 The US Presidents who made the post war world
Please also explore the history and politics sections on our website for your next course.
Dafydd Townley is a lecturer in American History at the University of Reading where he teaches courses to undergraduates and graduates on the FBI, protest groups in 1960s America, and race and ethnicity in the United States, as well as broad survey modules on US history. His research interests include American national security policy, the US intelligence community, cybersecurity policy, US grand strategy and US domestic counterintelligence operations. His research has been supported by University of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute, Columbia University, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Institute for Historical Research and the Royal Historical Society. His work has been published in History, the Journal of Intelligence History and his monograph, The Year of Intelligence in the United States: Public Opinion, National Security and the 1975 Church Committee will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in June, 2021. His current research focuses on the long-term development of US cybersecurity policy.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.