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USSC3603: Dissent and Protest in America

This unit surveys the long history of social movements and protest in the US. Beginning with 19th Century movements against slavery, the course charts the way everyday Americans came together to make demands on the state, the economy, and American culture. From abolitionism, students move onto close study of the history of American feminism, Civil Rights, agrarian revolt, the labor movement, antiwar politics, gay liberation, Chicano rights, and grassroots conservatism with an eye toward commonalities and divergences in protest strategy and a close attention to the historical contexts in which various movements arose and their long-term effects on American society. The unit will utilize the insights of the disciplines of history, sociology, political science, anthropology, communication studies, and philosophy in order to build on inter- and multi-disciplinary studies of social movement in the US - one of the main subjects of deep fascination that has engaged the multitude of the humanistic social sciences and encouraged debate between them as well as interdisciplinary cross-fertilization.

Code USSC3603
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in American Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. show a sophisticated and detailed understanding of multidisciplinary approaches to the study of the United States through independent and original research, comparative analysis, and close reading of primary text
  • LO2. demonstrate the ability to analyse independently, ethically, and in-depth an aspect of American culture and life using multidisciplinary methodologies, sources, and intellectual approaches.
  • LO3. relate detailed and analytic understanding of issues and topics in the contemporary and historical United States to issues in the larger world
  • LO4. apply multidisciplinary knowledge of the United States to analytic issues encountered in interdisciplinary contexts
  • LO5. illustrate skills in innovative and responsible research, critical analysis, and the presentation of complex cultural problems in oral, written, digital and group formats.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.