English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 12: From Custer’s Last Stand to Last Superpower Standing: 1880-2001

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From Custer’s Last Stand To Last Superpower Standing: 1880-2001

The From Custer’s Last Stand element provides an in-depth exploration of the transformation of the nation from 1877 to the 9/11 Terrorist attacks. Recently “complete” as an industrial behemoth and continental power, the U.S. seemed to have become an unchallenged “hyperpower” by 2001 to some observers. The element charts the relationship between America’s internal and external growth. Economic, social, political, technological, and cultural viewpoints will be covered, using an interrogative and explanatory method towards primary sources and secondary explanations. This method will allow us to contemplate critically how and by whom history is studied and constructed.

The American journey was never certain. The nation confronted a multitude of challenges, including expansion and westward movement; industrialization, urbanization, and immigration; the status of gender and color; imperialism, world wars and world roles; competing economic and social ideas; mutually assured destruction in an age of mass affluence; and an increasingly complex and antiauthoritarian culture and society. Together, the way these dilemmas were handled affected and affects our understanding of the present.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

7,5 ECTS
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  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75