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États-Unis : histoire et société (en anglais)

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MAC DONALD Simon, ATER

2017/2018, semestre 2, mardi 15h00-18h00 (0.00h, 0 ECTS),

Diplômes concernés :

Bloc cursus : 1-Langues 1/2/3, 2-Sociétés

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English summary
This course is designed to introduce students to the broad sweep of American experience in the twentieth century—from Progressive Era battles over economic power, poverty, and immigration to the traumatic period of depression and war in the 1930s and 1940s; from the crises over race and equality that roiled a prosperous, postwar America in the 1950s and 1960s to the challenges of globalization, deindustrialization and diversity that have faced the country in recent decades.
The first three classes will be devoted to the 18th and 19th century, with special attention to the ‘road to the 20th century’. A large place will be given to social movements, including the women’s suffrage movement, trade-unions, the Civil Rights movement, and the Youth Movement. The content discussed will be related to contemporary events, such as the debate about guns in the US or the presidential elections. For that purpose, sets of contemporary documents will be provided in class.
The lectures, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students learn how to analyze documents from the past, take a position on a historical question, use evidence to support their views, and express their insights to others. The focus is on analyzing why things happened as much as learning what happened. Gaining these abilities helps not only in understanding American history, but also in improving the critical thinking and communication skills.

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Elle sera fournie lors du premier cours.

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