HIST 481 Spring 2015 America in the 1970s (D) (W)

The first general history of the 1970s was titled It Seemed Like Nothing Happened. During the last decade, however, a wave of new scholarship has reinterpreted the 1970s, and has redefined it as the "pivotal decade" when the forces that have shaped U.S. history for the past forty years took shape. This course will introduce students to that new scholarship, and will identify and study those forces. Examining a range of topics related to the political, economic, cultural, social and intellectual history of the 1970s, we will pay special attention to the evolving status and meanings of liberalism and conservatism in that decade. This course will also consider the two methodological assumptions embedded in its title--what are the limits and benefits of using a decade as a category of analysis? And what are the limits and benefits of studying that decade through a national lens as opposed to a transnational one?
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: every other week, students will write and present orally a 5- to 7-page essay on the assigned readings of that week; on alternate weeks, students will write a 2-page critique of their tutorial partner's essay
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and students with some prior coursework in U.S. History
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3279
HIST 481 - T1 (S) TUT America in the 1970s (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Sara L. Dubow
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