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AMST2701: American Dreams

This unit introduces students to the complex richness of 'Americanness' and prepares them for the Major in American Studies. Divided into historically grounded modules (Race; Religion; Gender; Politics; Region), the unit will approach each from a variety of angles: the historiographical, the literary, the cultural, the political, the cinematic. It will open lines of interrelation between historical and imaginary forms in the construction and ongoing redefinition of the United States.

Code AMST2701
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6
AMST1001 or 12 credit points at 1000 level in American Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which literary, cinematic and historical texts and events influence one another in the construction of national identity
  • LO2. display an understanding of the concepts, narratives and methods used by different disciplines to study the United States
  • LO3. demonstrate a capacity for experimental and problem-solving tasks on the borders between disciplines
  • LO4. display a greater ability to pursue genuinely interdisciplinary methodologies in other units
  • LO5. communicate knowledge in discussion and scholarly writing.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.