Centred on the War on Terror, this OLE introduces students to the political, cultural, and economic issues that drive American violence. Students will identify the relations between the history of American empire, global terrorism, and the privatisation of state violence. Students will study and interpret cultural texts such as Hollywood and television, propaganda from state and non-state violent actors and groups, and first-hand accounts of war. Building on this global scene of American violence, students will critique the use of the death penalty in the US, and categorise the interpretations of the Second Amendment in relation to the debate on gun control.
2x1hr online content/week, 5x1hr online discussion
4x Multiple choice quizzes (20%), 1x Mapping the war on terror (10%), 4x100wd Discussion board posts (30%), 1x500wd Short research paper (40%)