USA 1941 - 1976 A Divided Nation?

Ref: C2224532

It was the baby-boomer generation who grew to adulthood in the shadow of war and America taking the role of World Policeman. It was the age of rebels, Kerouac, Pollock, Brando and Dean and a golden age of Hollywood and literature against the backdrop of the growth of television. It was America's age of affluence reacting to the lean years of the 1930's but not all Americans saw the benefits. It was the dawn of the Space Age, the age of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, of fast food, Woodstock and the war in Vietnam. Beneath the surface, there were divisions, Black and white, rich and poor, women and men, young and old. The 1960’s brought new hope and ended in a divided society with youth protest and race riots. This was America after 1941 a nation divided.

Course aim

To be able to explain some of the forces of change in the years after 1941; To develop and extend knowledge and understanding of post-war USA

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • To develop an interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance.
  • To be able to explain some of the forces of change in the USA in the years after 1941
  • To evaluate historical parallels with the modern world and place them in a modern context
  • To develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and investigate them critically using a range of sources
  • To actively engage in the process of historical inquiry to develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds, comparing and contrasting different interpretations of the past in an appropriate context and how they shape the present.

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

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Assessment and feedback will be through oral contribution and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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USA 1941 - 1976 A Divided Nation?


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