Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) American Studies and Film Studies (with a study abroad year)

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The aims of the American Studies course are to:
1. Have gained knowledge of the region broadly defined, across a range of disciplines and historical periods
2. Have learned to appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of the Region, and will have gained specialised knowledge in one disciplinary approach.
3. Be able to analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context.
4. Be able to appreciate a range of literary, historical and political traditions and their effects on cultural formations and identities.
5. Have benefited from the educational and cultural experience of a Year Abroad and contributed to the international mission of the University through this aspect of the course.
6. Have developed the intellectual and practical skills needed to learn independently.
7. Be able to communicate and explain what they have learned clearly in written and oral form.
8. Have developed skills that will prepare them for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study.

The aims of the Film Studies course are:
1. A distinctive intellectual framework in which students can analyse film and its historical, cultural and social contexts.
2. A broad and informed awareness of key critical approaches to film, conceptual debates, and a range of relevant theories and historiographic traditions.
3. A global perspective on cinematic practices, including their national and international dimensions and connections.
4. An understanding of how film relates to wider economic, cultural and social contexts and issues.d issues.

Course learning outcomes

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

Have gained an understanding of the social, cultural, and historical context in which texts are produced and read.

Have gained knowledge of a range of literary and/or historical and/or political texts from different periods, including before 1800.

Have demonstrated awareness of, and ability to use and evaluate a diverse range of relevant information and research resources, including major internet-based resources.

Have demonstrated awareness and understanding of relevant vocabulary of contributory methodologies and theories that are relevant to the Region, and will have the capacity to assess the merits of contrasting approaches.

Be able to recognise, represent, and critically reflect upon ideas and concepts from other cultures.

Have gained specialised knowledge in one disciplinary approach to the region.

Have studied the region through interdisciplinary approaches to the subject area.

Have demonstrated detailed knowledge of and critical engagement with the region broadly defined.

An understanding of a range of film forms, modes and genres, and the ways in which they organise understandings, meanings and affects

A comparative understanding of the roles that films have played in different societies and cultures

An understanding of the social, cultural and political histories from which different filmic institutions, modes and practices have emerged

An understanding of how social identities, categories and divisions have been represented and constituted in film texts

An awareness of key critical, theoretical and historical approaches to film, including applications and critiques of these paradigms

Engage critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within film studies and put them to productive use

Analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding of films and their contexts

Carry out various forms of research for essays, projects and dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry

Evaluate and draw upon a range of sources and conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in the chosen area

Show insight into the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of film, culture and society, and show capability to consider and respond to these

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information, in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or other forms

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas

Put to use a range of ICT skills from basic competence such as word-processing and presentational tools to more complex research tools

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Analysis (P3029)154
  CoreIntroduction to American Studies (T7044)154
  CoreIssues in European Cinema B (P3028)154
  OptionAmerican Identities (Q3176)154
  American Literature to 1890: Part I (Q3169)154
  Roots of America: From Colonial Settlement to the Civil War and Reconstruction (T7045)154
 Spring SemesterCoreIssues in Global Cinema A (P3030)304
  CoreModern America (T7046)154
  OptionAmerican Humour (Q3170)154
  American Literature to 1890: Part II (Q3168)154
  The Look of America (T7002)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Theory (P3038)305
  CoreTheoretical Concepts for American Studies (T7055)155
  OptionAmerican Cinema B (P3075)155
  American Literature Since 1890: Part I (Q3171)155
  English in the United States (Q1087)155
  The African American Experience (V3029)155
  Women in America (T7009)155
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Cities: New Orleans (T7047)155
  American Cities: New York (T7048)155
  American Drama (T7056)155
  American Literature Since 1890: Part II (Q3172)155
  American Popular Music (W3075)155
  British Cinema A (P3044)305
  British Cinema B (P3044B)155
  Chinese Cinema B (P4086B)155
  Debates in Screen Documentary A (P4107A)305
  Debates in Screen Documentary B (P4107B)155
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  The Musical B (P4105B)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
  Transatlantic Rhetoric: Public Speech and Anglo-American Writing 1750-1900 (Q3187)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Undergraduate Academic YearCoreAmerican Mandatory Year Abroad - American Studies (YRABROAD4)1206
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterOptionAsian Popular Cinema (P5051)306
  Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory (P5015)306
  Film and Revolution (A) (P4100A)306
  Hollywood Comedian Comedy (P3052)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142)306
  Film Studies Dissertation (P4123)306
  Race and Ethnicity in Popular Cinema 2 (P3053B)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

Course convenors

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Tom Davies
Senior Lecturer in American History
T: +44 (0)1273 876756

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Michael Lawrence
Subject area; Film
T: +44 (0)1273 877147

About your joint honours course

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