What do immigration, the “imperial presidency” and interstate highways have in common? They all changed the landscape of America during the twentieth century. During this eight-tutorial course you will study the political, social and cultural history of twentieth-century America, focusing on key themes including the nature of American identity, the growth of Presidential power, and the intersection between foreign policy and domestic life, as you discover how and why America became a world superpower. Emphasis will be placed on the use of primary sources, such as letters and oral histories, in order to supplement and bring to life the lecture material.
This in-depth course provides a fascinating insight into the pivotal century when America became one of the most powerful nations on Earth, a century that saw the development of the nuclear bomb, put a man on the moon, and shaped the international climate in which we now live. It will provide thought-provoking supplementary material to students who study history at school and who may be thinking of applying to study history at university and beyond.
This course consists of 8 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.
Quizzes and Exams
Why Take this Course?
This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying history at university, exploring an extremely important period of American history and encountering a range of historical methods in the process.
Please note! This is an 8-tutorial course.
Aims and Objectives
- To gain a thorough understanding of the key events of 20th Century American History
- To understand how and why America became such a dominant superpower in the last century
- To gain an insight into events that shaped the world we live in today
Key Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Discuss with confidence the key events of this period
- Use the course materials to pursue further independent study