Spies — coups — sex — conspiracies — secret governments. What was the Cold War and how has it shaped our world? From James Bond and Rocky & Bullwinkle, to The Manchurian Candidate, Dr. Strangelove, and Star Wars, we will consider a wide range of films, TV shows, cartoons and novels, to ask how the Cold War shaped and continues to shape American culture. We follow the long arc of the Cold War from its beginnings in the aftermath of WWII to 21st-century representations of the conflict in media from films to video-games.
In addition to two in-class midterms and a take home final, all students will participate in a group project, where small groups will examine and analysis and examine a product of Cold War culture.
This class is open to humanities and non-humanities majors alike
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