Modern United States History

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern United States History

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course focuses on United States history from the end of the Civil War, and the 1890s in particular, to the present. One line of inquiry examines the major transformations of United States society in terms of politics, the economy, and culture. Another line of inquiry zooms in on the evolving power, status, and role of the United States in a global context.
    Much of the emphasis of this course is on the nexus between both lines of enquiry and examines how a changing United States has impacted the world and how a morphing world has transformed the United States. The course pays special attention to key periods like the quest for empire at the turn of the century, the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, 9/11, and the Great Recession. In doing so, the course will explore various key concepts, from the imperial presidency, laissez-faire economics, and the melting pot to informal empire, Wilsonianism, the American Century, soft power, the End of History, and the Post-American World.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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