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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 historical perspective to analyze contemporary issues.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 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: 9 weeks

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    Moving Forward: 1990–Present

    • Describe the changing role of the United States in the emerging global community.
    • Describe American involvement in the Middle East.
    • Describe the changes in American priorities since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    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.

    Upheaval and Change: 1960–1968

    • Identify events and individuals in the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of those involved.
    • Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Vietnam War.

    Social and Environmental Movements: 1968–1980

    • Outline major social movements and trends of the late 1960s and 1970s.
    • Identify the origins of the environmental movement.

    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.

    JFK and LBJ: 1960–1968

    • Analyze the successes and failures of Johnson’s Great Society program.
    • Describe the objectives and effects of Kennedy’s domestic and international policies.

    Postwar Society and Culture: 1945–1960

    • Evaluate popular culture during the Eisenhower years.
    • Evaluate consumerism during the Eisenhower years.

    The Cold War: 1945–1960

    • Explain American Cold War policies and practices in the late 1940s and 1950s
    • Identify the relationship between the military events and outcomes of the Korean War.

    Resurgence of Partisanship: 1990-2000

    • Describe the objectives and effects of Clinton’s domestic and international policies.
    • Analyze how advances in communication have transformed America socially, politically, and economically.
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