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.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd essay (30%), 1x1hr exam (20%), 1x2500wd learning journal (40%), participation (10%)
18 Junior credit points or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies