These Truths: A Short Revisionist History of the USA

Ref: C3744333

This course is designed to appeal to learners with an active interest in the USA coupled with interests, even concerns, about the growing fragmentation of its people into new tribes and affiliations of popular nationalists having little to do with their long established two party political structure which within itself is openly splitting and reforming.

Course aim

Recent American historians and social commentators are saying that America's traditional pioneer narrative of their history is looking hopelessly subjective, even innocent. This short course examines and considers these new opinions..

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Understand how appropriate today are the fundamental principals enshrined in the American Constitution with regard to political equality, natural rights, the right to bear arms and the sovereignty of the people?
  • Consider and comment upon which one of following three existential events in America's history - the War of Independence, the Civil War and the Vietnam War has been most affected by subsequent re-positioning of the historical facts.
  • Identify and justify three important factors that long asssisted America as a nation evangilise "the American Dream" and Winthrope's "Shining City upon a Hill"

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Access to a computer terminal for website searches and Wikipedia searches for general information will be of assistance to learners.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A general knowledge of he history of the USA from well regarded history books such as Niall Ferguson's " Colossus", Simon Schama's "The American Future" and David Reynolds "America. Empire of Liberty" will benefit learners. All available in paperback

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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These Truths: A Short Revisionist History of the USA

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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