• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Indicative Assessment

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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6107

Preliminary Reading

Hollinger, D and Capper, C (eds), The American Intellectual Tradition, 2nd edn, vol. III, Oxford University Press, 1993.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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