American studies

Theoretical Concepts for American Studies

Module code: T7055
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This Year 2 core module provides theoretical tools for interpreting literary, historical, and cultural objects that American Studies students are likely to encounter in their modules and during the year abroad. This module is also intended to familiarize students with important concepts that they may encounter in their secondary reading and independent research, and apply these concepts accurately and appropriately. Focuses primarily on social and political theory. Topics covered may include historical materialism, ideology and ideology critique, cultural capital, sexuality, nationhood/nationalism, biopower, intersectionality, and neoliberalism.

Module learning outcomes

  • Read and comprehend theoretically complex original sources.
  • Engage critically with a range of theoretical concepts.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to the analysis of primary sources.