American studies

American Cities: New York

Module code: T7048
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

From New Amsterdam to 9/11 and beyond, New York has always been iconic. We experience the Big Apple through the sounds and sights that came before us: the movies, the music, the literature, the songs. But what goes on behind these images of ceaseless activity and glamour? Now the hub of global finace, New York was also a haven for immigrants, with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty sitting right there in its harbour. Because of its diversity of population and ever-changing urban development, we will in this module be looking at the city from many perspectives, and find that to study its history and culture is to discover that the city that never sleeps never ceases to pose questions either.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically understand and apply multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of urban culture.
  • Evaluate interpretations of urban distinctiveness and its cultural signifers.
  • Conduct independent research in preparation for problem-solving in written exercise.
  • Provide critical commentary on these interpretations in an informed way, and articulate such commentary in a focus group (workshop) setting and in written work.