Society And Culture In Interwar America (1919-1939) HIST5053

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores American society and culture in the period between 1919 and 1941. Americans tend to break this period up into two decades, the 1920s and the 1930s, each of which are seen to have been dramatically different, from the consumer society of the 'Roaring Twenties' to the New Deal radicalism of the Great Depression in the 1930s. We examine a range of source material and cultural productions, including literature, film, visual culture, legal transcripts, and music. We explore cultural productions of these years (from the fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald to gangster movies), but we are also concerned with how Americans have constructed images of these decades in the years since.


10 seminars of 2 hours each

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to masters at College level.


Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses





1 x 3,500 word essay (70%)

Oral presentation and 1,000 word seminar paper (20%)

Seminar contribution (10%)