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					           HWA CHONG INSTITUTION (High School Section)
           INTEGRATED HUMANITIES DEPARTMENT
           SEC 4 IHE
           Understanding USA
           2012 SOW


Name: _______________________ (               )          Class: Sec ____        Date: _______


Topics                                                 Resources and Readings

● Introduction to USA:
● The American system of government - structure,        Mastering Modern World History by
  aims and functions.                                    Norman Lowe, pp.449 - 454
                                                   ●     Modern World History by Ben Walsh

                                                        Class discussion (article)
                                                         http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/06/
                                                         us-usa-debt-downgrade-
                                                         idUSTRE7746VF20110806

                                                   General websites
                                                   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_po
                                                   wers_under_the_United_States_Constitution

                                                   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism_in_the
                                                   _United_States

                                                   http://www.sparknotes.com/us-government-
                                                   and-politics/american-
                                                   government/introduction-to-american-
                                                   government/section1.rhtml




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     Unit 1: The US after WWI
                                                          -  http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/smiley.19
● The Economic boom of the 1920s                             20s.final
                                                          - Peter Clements. (2001) Prosperity,
      -     Reasons for the great boom of the 1920s
                                                             Depression and the New Deal. London:
      -     Weaknesses of the 1920s boom
                                                             Hodder Murray. Chap 3
                                                          http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/nuguide/nwi.asp
● Impact/Features of the roaring 1920s
      -     Cultural change and impact (changes in art,   - Clements, Peter. (2001) Prosperity,
            music & entertainment)                          Depression and the New Deal. London:
      -     Racial discrimination (problems of new          Hodder Murray. Chap 3
            immigrants)                                   - Lowe, Norman. (2005). Mastering Modern
      -     Prohibition                                     World History. New York: Palgrave
                                                            Macmillan.
●         The Great Depression                            - Murphy, Derrick & Kathryn Cooper. (2008).
-         Reasons of the Great Depression                   United States 1917-2008. London: Harper
          - Long-term reasons –                             Collins.
           Short-term reason                             - Pennington, Joanne. Modern America The
                   Speculation                             USA, 1865 to the Present. London: Hodder
           Immediate reason – Wall Street Crash            Murray.
                                                          - http://newdeal.feri.org/
●         Impact of the Great Depression & return of      - http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/p
          Democrats                                         res10.socst.ush.dww.newdeal/
                                                          - http://history.searchbeat.com/greatdepress
                                                            ion.htm
                                                              http://regentsprep.org/Regents/ushisgov/
                                                              themes/economic/newd.cfm

    Unit 2: The US after WWII
                                                          McCarthyism. Spartacus International.
    World War II and the Challenges facing the US
                                                          http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmc
    after the war
                                                          carthyism.htm
    ● Economic developments
     Age of affluence                                    Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech
    - Reasons for the rise in affluence                   Biography of Malcolm X
    - Problems of economic development                    “Malcom X” Film (1992)
                                                          Resources: Music and movies of the ‘60s
    ● Political challenges                                Morris, Terry, Russia 1955-1964,
    - The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism                (HarperCollins, 2008) pp. 160-170.

    ● Social challenges:                                  http://regentsprep.org/Regents/ushisgov/them
    - Civil Rights movement                               es/reform/civilrights.htm (Civil Rights
                                                          movement major events, and laws passed in
                                                          the United States)
●         Presidencies of John F. Kennedy and LB
          Johnson
           Foreign policy (overview)
           Vietnam War

Unit 3: US Foreign Policy in the Cold War Era             PMH Bell, The World Since 1945: An
                                                          International History, London: Arnold, 2001
  Origins of the Cold War in Europe after WWII           Teacher’s own resources
1. Introduction – the rise of US and USSR as
   superpowers after the war                              http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hpcws/declassifi
                                                          ed.htm
2. USA and USSR’s motives: political, strategic,          http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/coldwar.
   economic and ideological (eg conflicting               htm
   economic and political systems, issue of security
   and defence)                                           http://regentsprep.org/Regents/ushisgov/them
                                                          es/foreignpolicy/cold_war.htm (Cold War
3. US policy of containment:                              Timeline from a US history website.)
   - The Truman Doctrine
   - The Marshall Plan


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    -    The formation of NATO                         PMH Bell, The World Since 1945: An
                                                       International History, London: Arnold, 2001
4. Sovietisation of Eastern Europe                     Teacher’s own resources
   - The Berlin Blockade
   - The Warsaw Pact                                   http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hpcws/declassifi
                                                       ed.htm
                                                       http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/coldwar.
                                                       htm

                                                       http://regentsprep.org/Regents/ushisgov/them
                                                       es/foreignpolicy/cold_war.htm (Cold War
                                                       Timeline from a US history website.)

Unit 4: Bilateral relations                            Alan Lawrence, China under Communism,
                                                       Routledge, London. 1998.
 US-China Rapprochement (1970s):                      Chapter 2, ‘Leaning to one side’ 1950-53, pp.
-   Reasons for normalization of relations             18-27 &
-   Triangular diplomacy                               Chapter 4, China’s independent road, 1954-
                                                       64, pp. 43-54
-   Impact of renewed US-China relations               Edwin Moise, The Present and the Past:
                                                       Modern China, A History. Longman, London.
                                                       1986. pp. 144 -155.


 Rise of China as an economic power (late             Norman Lowe, Mastering World History,
    1970s – 1980s) :                                   Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 415-429. (basic
-   The Four modernizations.                           reading)
-   Limits/Problems of Reform
-   Overview: Rise of the China in the global          Fairbank, et al, East Asia, Tradition and
    economy                                            Transformation, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co,
-   Students to research on reasons for reforms and    1973, pp. 516-527.
    types of reform adopted by China’s leaders to
    modernize China.                                   Alan Lawrence, China under Communism,
-   Students discuss on why there were limits to the   Routledge, London. 1998.
    success of such reforms.                           Chap 7, A Great Power Triangle 1964-1979,
                                                       pp. 33-40, 107-131.

                                                       Edwin Moise, The Present and the Past:
China’s Foreign Policy (1980s - 90s):                  Modern China, A History. Longman, London.
- Relations with Taiwan                                1986. pp. 194-200, 204 – 214.
- Relations with Japan
                                                       http://yaleglobal.yale.edu

                                                       http://www.whartonsp.com/articles

                                                       http://www.smarteconomist.com

                                                       http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/premade/28067/
Conclusion of US-China relations                       sino-us2.htm
- Obama’s present policy on strategic reassurance
                                                       John Witney Hall, Japan from Prehistory to
                                                       ModernTimes, New York: Dell Publishing,
                                                       1970

                                                       http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-
                                                       pacific/223038.stm

                                                       http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-
                                                       paci/china/index.html

                                                       http://www.american.edu/TED/ice/DIAOYU.H
                                                       TM



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http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/Arms
Trade/Spending.asp

http://www.twq.com/06autumn/docs/06autum
n_yang.pdf




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