US controversies: The war on terror

Course Dates: 30/01/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online

This is a one-day course which will provide an overview of the War on Terror, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is about America’s War on Terror. We will trace the American response to 9/11. In addition to discussing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we will cover the political and legal debates.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• The Bush Doctrine
• The War in Afghanistan
• The justification for the War in Iraq and the lead up to that war
• The Iraqi insurgency and American counterinsurgency techniques
• The policies of “enhanced interrogation” and the debates about torture
• Anti-war protests
• The political fallout in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 elections
• Cultural depictions of the War on Terror and the War in Iraq.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

¿Describe the Bush administration’s response to 9/11
¿ Discuss why the United States remained involved for two decades
¿ Discuss American strategy during the war and the role U.S. forces played in the fighting
¿ Outline how Americans debated the war and were divided by it.

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?

¿ This module will be taught via Zoom, using a combination of lecture and discussion.
¿ We will also look at primary sources, both written texts and videos.
¿ You do not need to do work outside of class, but materials will be available if you wish to learn more.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Explore our 'US Controversies' series, which looks at difficult aspects of American history.

Tutor Biographies
Brian Kennedy

Brian was born and raised in the U.S.A. but moved to England seven years ago and recently became a British citizen. He has a master's and doctorate in U.S. history and has taught at Ohio State, Roehampton, Sheffield, and Hertfordshire universities. He is particularly interested in the roles of religion and ethnicity in American politics. As such, he has written about American Catholics during the Great Depression and Republican support for the Zionist movement. During his free time, he volunteers at Mind and a local history museum. He is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and recently began reading science fiction novels.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HAH34

Sat, day, 30 Jan - 30 Jan '21

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £39.00
Senior fee: £31.00
Concession: £20.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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