Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) American Studies and History (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 History course are:
1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the human past.
2. Foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.
3. Encourage respect for historical context and evidence.
4. Reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past.
5. To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history.
6. To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range.
7. Engage with primary as well as secondary sources.
8. Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline.
9. Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history).
10. Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.subjects.

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.

Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources).

Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range).

Have understood historical process over an extended period.

Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth).

Have developed the historians skills and qualities of mind.

Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness).

Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms)

Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing)

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

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreIntroduction to American Studies (T7044)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
  OptionAmerican Literature to 1890: Part I (Q3169)154
  Roots of America: From Colonial Settlement to the Civil War and Reconstruction (T7045)154
 Spring SemesterCoreModern America (T7046)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
  OptionAmerican Humour (Q3170)154
  American Literature to 1890: Part II (Q3168)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  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
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
  Picasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118A)155
  The African American Experience (V3029)155
  Women in America (T7009)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionAmerican 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
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)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: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)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 SemesterOptionAmerican Studies Dissertation (T7053)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerica in the 21st Century (T7051)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

Course convenors

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Melissa Milewski
Lecturer in Contemporary Political History
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