HIST 165
Going Nuclear: American Culture in the Atomic Age Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed HIST 165 / LEAD 165
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15-19
Class#: 1145
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, several short essays, and a final 10- to 12-page research paper
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 165 Division II LEAD 165 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
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