This course is designed to expose students to some of the most significant works of American social and cultural analysis since 1900. The major organising theme of the course concerns changing conceptions of community made necessary by two sets of phenomena. The first were the great intellectual and social 'revolutions' of the age, including Darwinism, industrialisation and consumerism. The second influence came from a new conception of society itself, which stressed the competing, and often divergent, interests and concerns of various ethnic, racial, gender and regional groups. These phenomena presented two interrelated problems to many American intellectuals after 1900: first, to redefine the individual's citizenship and sovereignty within an increasingly organised society, and secondly to recreate a sense of community within a new context of perceived social diversity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
After successful completion of this course, students should:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key aspects of social thought in the United States between 1865 and 1980;
- Have an appreciation of developments in economic, social and racial thought through their readings of the key primary and secondary sources relating to the subject matter of the course;
- Continue to develop strong research, writing and analytical skills
- Be able to critically reflect upon the insights provided by combining knowledge of various movements in social thought into a coherent account of some key developments in U.S. social thought,
- Understand and demonstrate the significance of the period for the development of the modern United States.
One 3,000 word essay (50%), tutorial participation (10%) and a final examination (40%).
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One 90 minute lecture and one tutorial per week.
Lectures will be streamed.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Hollinger, D and Capper, C (eds), The American Intellectual Tradition, 2nd edn, vol. III, Oxford University Press, 1993.
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