The US Presidents who made the post war world

Course Dates: 03/03/22 - 31/03/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HAH40

Thu, eve, 03 Mar - 31 Mar '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Five American Presidents - Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon - shaped the post-War world both in their own country and well beyond their borders. America changed hugely during the thirty years of their presidencies and each of them played an important part in that. In the same way, the Cold War and various conflicts shaped an emergence from historical isolationism to a truly global power.

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?

We explore each President: their life stories; their personalities; their policies; and how they changed the face of their country and the world.

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

- Identify key policies associated with particular post-war presidents
- Understand the nature of the Presidency - how it shapes the United States as well as its limitations.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an ‘introductory’ course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a reasonable standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree, are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is lecture based with some discussion. This will be supplemented by videos, and other materials where relevant.

There is no work outside of the class.

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

There are no other costs, but you may wish to bring pen and paper or digital equivalents for note-taking.

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

Please see the college website: for further information about other politics and history courses that may be of interest to you.

Mark Malcomson

Mark is the Principal of City Lit, having previously been the Director of Executive Education at London Business School and President of the New York Institute of Finance. He teaches American history and politics at City Lit, concentrating on the lives of Presidents, as well as how the US political system and institutions work. He has lived and worked in both New York and Chicago, is married to an American and visits regularly. Mark possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde; and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Kent. Mark was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to adult education.

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.