Americanism and Anti-Americanism (USSC2603)


The United States is regarded by many as an exceptional nation, a haven from the ┬┐Old World┬┐ constituted by ideals of liberty and democracy. Others see America as an oppressive state with a militaristic foreign policy. This unit explores the origins and development of negative and positive opinions of America around the world, and from within. It undertakes a critical analysis of American politics and foreign relations, taking the perspectives of individuals and publics. We consider a range of concrete historical and contemporary responses to the U.S., its politics, foreign policies and culture, drawing widely on historical, cultural and policy sources.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd essay (30%), 1x1hr exam (20%), 1x2500wd learning journal (40%), participation (10%)

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18 junior credit points

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