Branch Event: America and the World 1941-2020

Ref: C3744342

Forced out of Isolationism by the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, the United States emerged from World War II as the world's pre-eminent power. With some reluctance it then assumed the role of 'world policeman' and fought both the Cold War and hot wars against Communist enemies. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, America anticipated a more peaceful world and a reduced role for its own forced. Yet for many, the US remains the 'indispensable nation': the only country powerful enough to underpin world order in an anarchic international system. This study day examines the relationship of the United States with rest of the World in the modern era.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To examine the relationship of the United States with the rest of the World from 19412020

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the types of relationship sought by the US with other countries during the period
  • Identify the reasons for America's post-war pre-eminence in international affairs
  • Define and analyse the concept of the 'world policeman'
  • Assess the enduring impact and recurrence of Isolationism in US policy as expressed in the political phrase 'America First!'

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

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Branch Event: America and the World 1941-2020

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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 2019
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