USA 1914 - 1955

Ref: C2419943

This course will cover the events of American history from 1918 to 1955. It will look at individual Presidents' terms and the themes and events that ran through them. In particular it will look at major events and policies such as American foreign policy after the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the New Deal, America in the lead up to the Second World War, America and the early Cold War and the McCarthy witch-hunt. The course will also include literature and the arts of the 1920s to 1950s.

Course aim

To examine American history from 1918-1955, covering individual Presidents' terms and events such as the Great Depression and the New Deal.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for improvers
  • No particular skills or experience are needed but a familiarity with the period would be helpful for the student, even if this is just a basic knowledge of some events covered by the period.

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

  • Name the Presidents of the period.
  • Identify some of their policies.
  • Evaluate how such successful individual Presidents and policies were.
  • Identify what the New Deal was.
  • Appreciate themes running through the period, such as anti-Communism.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • A mid term course sheet will be completed.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Bring pens and paper.

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

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USA 1914 - 1955

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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