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The 20th-Century United States, 1893 - 2001
HIST 240
Spring 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 230

This course addresses the changing shape of American political culture over the course of the 20th century. Central to our discussions will be the values and convictions - social, political, religious - that have moved citizens and organized parties and policy agendas over time. Under what conditions can citizens and policy makers alter history? Under what conditions does history itself have a driving influence over political decision-making? How do different political groups attempt to harness the state - or eliminate government participation - to solve pressing social problems? During the course of the semester, we will attempt to answer these questions from the perspective of an American nation identity, but at the same time, discuss how that identity is produced in an international context.

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship
Reading and writing assignments, as well as examinations, will ask students to think about how political decisions are made. Central themes of the course will be the setting of political agendas, why poltical programs are and are not effective, and how
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(CIVI-MN)(EDST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(STS)

Last Updated on JUL-22-2024
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