Americanism and Anti-Americanism (USSC2603)


America has often been described as a culturally backward, unsophisticated and uncouth nation with American politics frequently viewed as populist and anti-intellectual. In contrast America has also been viewed as a haven from the Old World and as an exceptional nation. This unit will explore the origins and development of both these negative and positive opinions of America. It will also examine how these stereotypes impact on America's foreign relations with Europe, the Middle East and Australia.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


class participation (10%), 1x2000-2500wd essay (45%), 1x2hr exam (45%)

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18 junior credit points

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