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Modiwl HGH-3137:
USA, 1945-2001

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Prof Andrew Edwards

Amcanion cyffredinol

This module focusses on the social, cultural and political history of the United States of America in the period from 1945 (the end of the Second World War) to 2001 (which witnessed the ‘9/11’ terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC). The module is divided into two halves, the first focussing on domestic developments (the main theme of lectures) and the second on international developments and foreign policy (the main theme of seminars). Making extensive use of primary evidence [from printed material to television, film and popular music] the module aims to challenge some of the popular myths that inform popular understanding of US history during this period. The module will acquaint students with the historical and intellectual debates that surround many of the major events and issues. Lectures on the module will largely focus on domestic issues and the role of key individuals including the creation of an ‘affluent society’ in the 1950s; JFK; the impact of the Kennedy assassination; LBJ and the Great Society; the battle for civil rights; Martin Luther King and Malcolm X; Richard Nixon; Henry Kissinger; the Watergate scandal and its impact; crime and social dislocation in the 1970s; Jimmy Carter and the 'new' presidency; Ronald Reagan; the rise of new right in the 1980s; Bill Clinton; post-Cold war American society; George W. Bush and the 'stolen' election of 2000; 9/11 and its impact. Seminars on the module will largely focus on foreign policy developments including the origins of the Cold War; the Korean war; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the ‘race to the moon’, the Vietnam war; the politics of détente; the end of the cold war; and the road to 9/11.

Cynnwys cwrs

Lectures on the module will focus on the social and domestic history of the United States and will include: Affluent society – America in the 1950s; The Kennedy assassination and its aftermath; LBJ and ‘the great society’; Civil Rights and the problem of ‘black America’; Nixon and the Watergate scandal; Crime and social dislocation; Ronald Reagan and the rise of Conservative America; Bill Clinton and post-Cold war American society; 9/11 and its impact. Seminars on the module will focus on foreign policy developments and will include: the origins of the Cold War; the Korean war; the Cuban missile crisis; the ‘race to the moon’; the Vietnam war and its aftermath; the politics of détente; Reaganism and the spectre of communism; the end of the cold war; the road to 9/11.

Meini Prawf


Good students (B- to B+) will show a solid level of achievement in all the criteria of the paragraphs above.


Excellent students (A- and above) will show this depth of achievement across the criteria combined with particularly impressive depths of knowledge and / or subtlety of analysis.


Threshold students (D- to D) will demonstrate an appropriate range or depth of knowledge of at least parts of the relevant field and will make partly-successful attempts to frame an argument that engages with historiographical controversies.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Analyse and assess the importance of primary evidence in understanding the principal developments of the period.

  2. Demonstrate a close familiarity with a range of primary sources

  3. Understand and master research methodology including the evaluation of specialist articles and literary reviews.

  4. Present clear, cogent, evidence-based argument in essays and examinations.

  5. Demonstrate a detailed awareness of different and sometimes competing historical interpretations in this area of study and an ability to assess and evaluate their relative merits.

  6. Demonstrate a familiarity with the key concepts used in this area of study, including the concepts of Cold War, domino theory, civil rights, black power and Presidential power.

  7. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the domestic and international developments in the history of the United States from 1945 to 2005.

Dulliau asesu

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu


Two 1-hour lectures per week for ten weeks


One seminar per week for eleven weeks

Private study 169

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
  • Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • problem solving to develop solutions to understand the past
  • understanding the complexity of change over time; in specific contexts and chronologies
  • being sensitive to the differences, or the "otherness" of the past, and the difficulty to using it as a guide to present or future action
  • being sensitive to the role of perceptions of the past in contemporary cultures
  • producing logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence
  • planning, designing, executing and documenting a programme of research, working independently
  • marshalling and critically appraising other people's arguments, including listening and questioning
  • demonstrating a positive and can-do approach to practical problems
  • demonstrating an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking
  • presenting effective oral presentations for different kinds of audiences, including academic and/or audiences with little knowledge of history
  • preparing effective written communications for different readerships
  • making effective and appropriate forms of visual presentation
  • making effective and appropriate use of relevant information technology
  • making critical and effective use of information retrieval skills using paper-based and electronic resources
  • collaborating effectively in a team via experience of working in a group
  • appreciating and being sensitive to different cultures and dealing with unfamiliar situations
  • critical evaluation of one's own and others' opinions
  • engaging with relevant aspects of current agendas such as global perspectives, public engagement, employability, enterprise, and creativity

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