America in World Affairs: A History (HSTY2611)


This unit of study examines the ideas and ideological assumptions that have shaped America's approach to the world from the Revolution until the presidency of Barack Obama. It explores how the leading politicians and policymakers in Washington have projected power overseas, and how their decisions have played out in the public sphere. Key topics include: isolationism and internationalism; Communism and the Cold War; the challenge of unipolarity; terrorism; and the underlying historical forces shaping US policy, especially American national mythology.

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2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x3000wd essay (60%), 1x1500wd historiography assignment (30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies

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