The U.S. and the World: Expressions of Power, Past and Present
Online orientation dates: Approximately 6 hours, completed between
June 3 - July 1, 2013
Course dates: July 8 - 12, 2013
Course time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Primary Source
Follow-up session: October 2013
PDPs offered: 67.5
Graduate credits offered: 3
Fee: Partnership educators—no cost other than fee for 3 graduate credits; Non-partnership educators—$600 plus fee for 3 graduate credits
What constitutes power on an international stage? How is power extended and maintained, how is it challenged, and what erodes it? With an emphasis on 1898 to the present, this course will examine America's rise to world power, looking beyond war making and formal diplomacy to the broader cultural, political, and economic dimensions of foreign relations. Exporting consumer goods and political ideals, "winning hearts and minds" through foreign aid, waging "wars" on poverty, terrorism and drugs, and protecting American prestige and influence have all been expressions of U.S. power abroad. We'll investigate how these themes played out in particular regions (for example, Mexico and the Caribbean; the Middle East), looking back to earlier historical precedents and forward to present situations. Finally, we'll ask if the U.S. is in decline as a world power today, and consider whether our current global commitments are an extension of or a departure from historical trends.
Recommended for educators of grades 6-12
Partnership educators: Registration must be approved through your school district. Please get in touch with your school district's Primary Source contact person and let them know which program(s) you are interested in. Upon approval from your district, Primary Source will contact you with instructions for online registration.
Registration deadline extended to Friday, May 10. Limited seats are available!