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USA and the World (HIST30065)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30065
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject examines the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world in the 20th century. The subject explores America's rise to global power, the ideological foundations of U.S. foreign policy, and how, why, and with what effects the United States has exercised its power. We cover key events, including the two world wars, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and CIA interventions in Latin America and the Middle East. We also explore different facets of American power - political, military, economic, and cultural. We look at whether the United States should be considered an "empire" and at the role of morality in foreign policy. A central aim is to understand the roots of American foreign policy today.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • gain a general knowledge of the principal figures and significant events and developments in U.S. foreign relations;
  • gain familiarity with the major historiographical debates concerning U.S. foreign relations and with major interpretive perspectives and approaches to the subject;
  • develop skills in locating and analysing primary and secondary sources in constructing and evaluating historical arguments.
  • develop research skills using printed and electronic sources, both primary and secondary, in preparing a substantial research essay;
  • develop research skills using printed and electronic sources, both primary and secondary, in preparing a substantial research essay;
  • develop skills in clear and persuasive written expression and argumentation; and
  • develop skills of critical thinking and oral expression and argumentation through group discussion.

Last updated: 16 June 2018