American Identities (Q3176)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

In this module you study how Americans in different periods and different regions have thought, written, debated and talked about themselves in relation to their country in autobiography, poetry, fiction, and film.

You examine how race, gender, and sexuality impact on notions of American citizenship, and you discover how to become an American.

You explore American identity and stereotypes and look at:

  • optimism
  • individualism
  • the right to bear arms.


48%: Lecture
4%: Practical (Workshop)
48%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Seen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 126 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: