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Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
American Society and Economy
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Semester one covers the historical background to US economy and society, featuring issues such as: US political structure; history of the colonies; Civil War and slavery; the Civil Rights movement; gender relations in US; and the development of the modern US corporation. Semester two covers contemporary trends in US economy and society, including discussions of an increasingly partisan and dysfunctional Congress, labour market changes; the rise of inequality and urban poverty; the ‘War on Drugs’, organizational restructuring of the modern corporation; historical and contemporary foreign policy developments; the rise of ‘counter knowledge’, ‘post-truth’ and conspiracy theories; and current debate around ethics in business and ethics in business schools.
The purpose of this course is twofold: Firstly it aims to introduce students to the historical fundamentals of American society, based on broad historical, cultural, political and economic perspectives. Secondly, the course aims to provide an overview of contemporary trends in US economy and society, taking a similarly broad approach.
At the end of the course, students should be able to understand the roots and dimensions of American history, culture, and ‘way of life’, the fundaments of the US political and economic system, and be able to understand and interpret ongoing socio-economic developments. Students should be able to develop a critical and informed position on several important contemporary debates, such as equal opportunities and affirmative action, attempts to tackle poverty, crime and social deprivation, the contours of US foreign policy, the restructuring of US firms and employment, and debates around the ethical and moral value or US business school education.
Teaching and learning methods
Methods of delivery - 2 hour lecture slot which includes one hour lecture followed by a multi-format workshop structure containing discussion questions, workshop tasks, and film viewings.
Total study hours: 200 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.
Informal Contact Methods
1. Office Hours
2. Online Learning Activities (discussion area on blackboard)
3. E-mail contact.
20% from a choice of a review of a song or a research interview with an individual 1000 words. 30% from a 1500 word essay individual essay. 50% from a critique of a film of 3,000 words.
Generic feedback will be given on second semester exam performance. Detailed individual feedback on the first semester essays will be given to each student. Informal feedback about contribution in class will be ongoing, and informal feedback will also briefly be provided after each group presentation in the seminars.
Students can arrange individual meetings with Dr Benson if they wish to further discuss any element of the course, including feedback.
Foner, E. (2017) Give me Liberty! New York: WW Norton
Singh, R., (2003) Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Sitkoff, H., (2001) Perspectives on Modern America: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Lectures and some key readings will be made available on blackboard.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Lawrence Benson||Unit coordinator|
Other staff involved: TBA
Dependent courses: N/A
Programme Restrictions: core for IMABS. Option for IM and Management.
For Academic Year 2022/23
Updated: March 2022
Approved by: March UG Committee