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 module provides theoretical tools for interpreting literary, historical, and cultural objects found in American Studies.
You'll familiarise yourself with important concepts that you may encounter in your reading and research. You'll be able to apply these concepts accurately and appropriately, focusing on social and political theory.
Topics covered may include:
  • historical materialism
  • ideology and ideology critique
  • cultural capital
  • sexuality
  • nationhood/nationalism
  • biopower
  • intersectionality
  • 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.