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AMST3601: American Perspectives

This capstone unit will present key texts in the shaping of an American intellectual tradition. It considers classic and contemporary debates in American society, and the way American Studies, as a field, deals with these long-standing arguments in innovative and challenging ways. Drawing perspectives from history, literature, politics and sociology, it prepares students to do sophisticated research work, to analyse complex cultural issues, and to employ the diverse methods of American Studies toward an in-depth understanding of the nation in a global context.

Code AMST3601
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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12 credit points at 2000 level in American Studies
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

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

  • LO1. Apply knowledge from various disciplines - including History, Literature, Sociology, and Politics - to demonstrate an independent, ethical and in-depth analysis of American, society, culture or life.
  • LO2. Produce an original capstone research project, which utilises primary sources to make a sophisticated interpretive argument about an aspect of the United States.
  • LO3. Relate a detailed understanding of contemporary and historical topics in American Studies to political, social, moral, and workplace issues encountered in the wider world.
  • LO4. Illustrate the ability to present complex cultural problems and diverse cultural perspectives in seminar discussion, scholarly writing, and oral presentation.