Fall 2020

The Nuclear Age

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-113

Moodle sites: Course  |  Section 01  |  Section 02

Faculty

Ellen R. Boucher (Section 02)
Vanessa Walker (Section 01)

Description

On August 6, 1945, a United States bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, transforming the world in an instant. This course explores the emergence of nuclear technology and its impact on global politics, society, and culture from roughly the Second World War to the present day. We will begin with the invention of the atomic bomb during World War II, exploring its societal, environmental, and cultural effects in Japan as well as its broader impact on American and European politics and identity. We will then examine the diverse ramifications of the nuclear arms race in the 1950s and 1960s, and again in the 1980s, which both pushed the world towards the brink of destruction and also fostered new forms of international cooperation and grassroots activism. We will also analyze the continuing debates over nuclear technology in the context of energy, natural resources, scientific responsibility, and environmentalism. Drawing on a range of sources, from governmental reports and diaries to cartoons, films, and paintings, the course will highlight the perspectives of a variety of groups and individuals who shaped and were shaped by the nuclear age, including scientists, policymakers, journalists, artists, activists, and victims of atomic blasts. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Professors Boucher and Walker.

Cost: 0 ?

Keywords

Attention to Writing, Online Only, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020