HIST 362
The 1980s Spring 2010
Division II
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This course will consider whether and how the 1980s are coming into view as history. Conventional wisdom views the 1980s as being defined by selfishness, greed, and materialism, but that decade also saw society engaged in serious debates about individual and social responsibility, the relationship between the state and society, and about America’s role in the world. Understanding this era involves tackling broader questions about liberalism, conservatism, the welfare state, the cold war, globalization, the presidency, social movements, identity politics, popular culture, religion, and the media in modern U.S. history. This course will address some of these questions, examine the varieties of ways in which individuals and social groups conceived and reconceived their personal and political identities, and explore various methods used to assess contemporary history.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3180
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on several short writing assignments; two 4- to 5-page essays; and a research paper (12-15 pages)
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: determined by instructor
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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