American studies

Theoretical Concepts for American Studies

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

This Year 2 core module provides theoretical tools for interpreting literary, historical, and cultural objects that you are likely to encounter in your modules and during the year abroad.

This module is also intended to familiarise you with important concepts that you may encounter in your secondary reading and independent research, and apply these concepts accurately and appropriately. 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.