hst175 | undergraduate

The American Experience Since 1945

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This course is an overview of the principal social, political, economic, and global events which have shaped the American experience since World War II. Understanding modern American history is a necessity in today's ever-changing world. This course aims to supply the tools for understanding current political, social, cultural, and economic problems in the U.S. by applying a historical perspective to analyze contemporary issues.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Postwar Society and Culture: 1945–1960

    • Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Korean War.
    • Evaluate popular culture and consumerism during the Eisenhower years.
    • Explain American Cold War policies and practices in the late 1940s and 1950s.

    Upheaval and Change: 1960–1970 Part One

    • Describe the objectives and effects of Kennedy’s domestic and international policies.
    • Analyze the successes and failures of Johnson’s Great Society program.
    • Identify events and individuals in the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of those involved.  

    Upheaval and Change: 1960-1970 Part Two

    • Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Vietnam War.
    • Outline major social movements and trends of the late 1960s and 1970s.

    Crisis of Confidence: 1968-1980

    • Compare Nixon’s détente policies to previous Cold War strategies.
    • Describe the Watergate scandal and the fall of Nixon.
    • Describe the post-Watergate presidencies of Ford and Carter.

    The Reagan Revolution: 1980-1992

    • Describe the major components of the “New Right.”
    • Analyze the interaction between Reagan’s economic policies and the economy.
    • Summarize the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War.
    • Describe social movements and trends of the 1980s.
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