20th-Century American History

20 modules


Course Length
4 hours

ORA Prep



Course Synopsis

What do immigration, the “imperial presidency" and interstate highways have in common? They all changed the landscape of America during the twentieth century. During this eight-tutorial course you will study the political, social and cultural history of twentieth-century America, focusing on key themes including the nature of American identity, the growth of Presidential power, and the intersection between foreign policy and domestic life, as you discover how and why America became a world superpower. Emphasis will be placed on the use of primary sources, such as letters and oral histories, in order to supplement and bring to life the lecture material.

This in-depth course provides a fascinating insight into the pivotal century when America became one of the most powerful nations on Earth, a century that saw the development of the nuclear bomb, put a man on the moon, and shaped the international climate in which we now live. It will provide thought-provoking supplementary material to students who study history at school and who may be thinking of applying to study history at university and beyond.

What's Included?

This courses consists of 8 X interactive lectures - audio recordings with accompanying presentation material - each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. This courses is available to start instantly online – once you've chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.

How Does it Work?

The course is broken down into tutorials, which is an interactive presentation accompanied by an audio lecture that takes around 1 hour to complete. Each tutorial is broken down into its major topics, chapters, which are navigated via tabs at the top of the screen. This ensures that course content is broken down into bitesized educational units that are easy to digest, and also means that content is easily navigable at the pace of the student.

Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying history at university, exploring an extremely important period of American history and encountering a range of historical methods in the process.



  • To gain a thorough understanding of the key events of 20th-century American History
  • To understand how and why America became such a dominant superpower in the last century
  • To gain an insight into events that shaped the world we live in today


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate ORA Prep Certificate

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Tutorial 1: Immigration
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Tutorial 2: Prohibition
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Tutorial 3: The Great Depression and the New Deal
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Tutorial 4: World War II
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Tutorial 5: The Cold War
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Tutorial 6: Social Justice Movements
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Tutorial 7: Reagan and the 80s
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Tutorial 8: The End of History?
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Added over 1 year ago, by Anonymous
I thoroughly enjoyed this course!
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
this is an easy to follow, well planned course with relevant sources that deepen understanding to a whole new level.
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
What a fantastic course!!

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