America in the 21st Century
Module code: T7051
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Film
Assessment modes: Dissertation, Coursework
You examine the state of 21st century America and assess the challenges the country faces - evaluating how it is represented globally. You examine a wide range of texts, media, documentary film, fiction, and cultural theory.
You look at topics including:
- America as a civilisation
- how American values and concepts have shaped social and cultural formation in American life
- 9/11 and the War on Terror
- community and civic decline in American public life
- the 21st century American city
- race and ethnicity in 21st century America
- the contemporary American novel
- the American West
- political activism and protest
- consumer culture and religion in 21st century America.
Module learning outcomes
- Critically analyse and interpret a variety of cultural documents and expressive forms, encompassing popular and elite expressions, the mass media and material culture.
- Deploy both historical and contemporary perspectives in order to contextualize texts and materials in relation to the key social, political and cultural contexts relevant to the module.
- Design and complete an interdisciplinary research project on themes and issues relevant to contemporary American experience.
- Locate contemporary American social and cultural formations in relation to a wider global context.
- Understand and assess significant current controversies and debates impacting public life in America.
- Employ research skills in order to communicate a critically informed knowledge of 21st century American society and cultural in both written and oral form.