This capstone unit will discuss key texts from Politics, History, English, Film Studies, and Music to critically examine the ways the United States has been idealised as exceptional - as democracy, utopia, and empire. Students will study works ranging from de Tocqueville's Democracy in America to the film Birth of a Nation with the aim of developing a critical appreciation of both classic and contemporary debates about American society. The unit will conclude with a discussion of the ways American Studies as a field deals with these long standing debates in innovative and challenging ways.
Unit details and rules
|United States Studies Centre
|12 Senior Credit Points in American Studies including AMST2601 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in American Studies
|Available to study abroad and exchange students
|Aaron Nyerges, email@example.com