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POL3133 Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)
Credit Points: 15

The United States of America from 1950-1975 was a nation divided, racked by conflicts over anti-communism, The Vietnam War and how to resolve deep-seated racial and social tensions.  It was also a period of promising but flawed political leadership.  Focusing on the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, the unit examines key political issues in US politics including the anti-communist purges of the 1950s, the Vietnam War and its opponents, the race riots of the late 1960s, the Civil Rights and Great Society reforms of the Johnson Administration.  This knowledge is then contrasted with an analysis of selected film and documentary to pose the question: how well are political issues covered through this medium?  Utilising research and film analysis in this reinforcing way is designed to create a critical analysis of one of the most controversial periods in modern political history.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
MAPOLGPolitics and Government Major
MAAAEUPolitics and Government Major
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