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AM211 - Reform, Revolt and Reaction in the United States, 1932-1975

  • Module code: AM211
  • Module name: Reform, Revolt and Reaction in the United States, 1932-1975
  • Department: Comparative American Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines the turbulent history of the United States from the New Deal through to Watergate. Drawing on the rich recent historiography on this subject, it explores how different movements, some rooted in local activism, others based on established political groupings, responded to a rapidly changing social, economic and cultural landscape. In particular, it shows how liberal reformers, radicals, and conservatives all seized the initiative at different times, but due in large part to a shared tendency to substitute rhetoric for clear analysis, all eventually failed, leaving the US by the mid 1970s, in a state of ‘imagined’ and, in some senses real, crisis. Key themes include the New Deal and the Great Depression; the impact of the Second World war on racial and gender relations; post-war anticommunism and the contradictions of the ‘Affluent Society’; the liberal agendas of the civil rights movement and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations; the military, social and political consequences of Vietnam; the radical vision of the New Left and counterculture; the re-emergence of a grass-roots political right; the ‘rebirth’ of feminism; 1968 and the ‘end’ of the 1960s; and Nixon, Watergate and the 1970s.

Principal learning outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes: a) the further development of study, writing and communication skills; b) to provide the opportunity, through writing a 4000 word essay, to develop the following skills: supervised, independent research on a subject chosen by the student; the ability to organise and prioritise research materials; the ability to write a sustained, coherent essay providing a reasoned answer to an agreed question; c) developing critical analytical skills through the analysis of often competing interpretations of the social, cultural and political development of C20th US; d) an awareness of the different sub-disciplines within this subject area, with particular regard to race, class and gender.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module runs throughout the year, with weekly lectures and seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cas/undergraduate/modules/am211

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: AM211-30)
A2 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR20) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR21) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR22) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (VR23) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR24) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR25) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR26) - Year 3
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 1
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 2
  • BA in History and Culture (with Year Abroad) (VR27) - Year 3