USA - from Sleeping Giant to Superpower

Ref: C2224308

Towards the end of the Nineteenth Century, the United States emerged from isolation and the disruption of the Civil War to become the dominant world power of the Twentieth Century. This was based on immense natural resources, the leadership of influential presidents and a critical military contribution in two world wars. The course also considers social changes, particularly the issue of Civil Rights.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the development of the USA between 1880 and 1970 and to examine its role in world affairs

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1 Explain why the USA became a dominant world power
  • 2 Evaluate the role of the USA in world affairs
  • 3 Assess the contribution of the Presidents
  • 4 Identify critical turning points in USA history
  • 5 Compare interpretations of issues in this period

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Optional presentations to the class

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

USA - from Sleeping Giant to Superpower Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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