Module Identifier AS30020  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite AS10120 , AS10220  
Co-Requisite AS30120 , AS30220  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours 10 x 2 hr  
Assessment Essay   2 x 2,500 word essays   100%  

Brief description

This module is not intended as a survey but as an opportunity to examine in depth certain selected themes in American life and culture between 1945 and 1960: America's relationship with the rest of the world in the aftermath of World War II and the impact of that relationship on American politics, society and culture, especially as evidenced in the McCarthyite "witch hunts"; and contests over the definition of American culture during the 1950s.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a knowledge of historical developments in United States society between 1945 and 1960
- Demonstrate an ability to use and engage with the perspectives of history, politics and literary and film studies to study key aspects of postwar American culture
- Summarize and critique contemporary debates about the definition of American culture in the 1950?s
- Demonstrate developing skills in critical analysis using appropriate interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary resources
- Demonstrate developing skills in oral presentation