LEAD 165 Spring 2013 Going Nuclear: American Culture in the Atomic Age (W)

Cross Listed as HIST165
Ever since the Manhattan Project produced atomic weapons for Harry Truman to use against Japan at the end of World War II, atomic science has fueled Americans' fears, hopes, nightmares, and fantasies. This course will examine all aspects of American nuclear culture, from scientists' movements to abolish atomic weapons and expand peaceful atomic energy production to dystopian fiction about the nuclear apocalypse. It will investigate the role of the nuclear arms race in the cold war and the development of civil defense and bomb shelter culture in the United States. Using scholarly books and articles, primary sources, novels, and films, we will explore the interactions between science, diplomacy, and culture in the nuclear age. In this writing intensive course, we will focus on analyzing sources, writing clearly and effectively, and making persuasive arguments. Students will not only learn about history, but they will learn to think and write as historians.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short essays, and a final 10- to 12-page research paper
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Prerequisites: none; first-year or sophomore standing
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,SCST Related Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15-19
Class Number: 3868
LEAD165-01(S) SEM Going Nuclear (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jessica M. Chapman
MWF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Pareksy 220 3868
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