This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
1. the material reality;
2. political and social organisation (forms of government);
3. moral attitudes;
4. Cultural, intellectual, philosophical and religious life;
5. the hopes, failures and achievements of the communities in English-speaking countries.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
The course studies the major developments and structures in politics, social relationships and culture, and introduces the students to contemporary life in the United States.
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The class is organized around 10 modules: 1. Introduction. American Icons Contested. 2. Columbus Day & American Beginnings: Plurality & Unity 3. Manifest Destiny and Westward expansion. The Frontier. 4. Kwanza & MLK Day: slavery, civil war and the Civil Right's movement 5. St Patrick’s Day: Immigrants and New Comers. Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, Prohibition Years and the urban experience. 6. Memorial Day & Veterans day: WWI & WWII 7. American comics and politics 8. Apocalypse Now: The cold war, the Vietnam War and 1980s 9. American interventionism, the Gulf War and 9/11. 10. US & Climate change debates.