Immigrant America (Q3175)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Since the 1950s, America has identified itself as 'a nation of immigrants' and in your Junior Year Abroad you will have seen evidence of that.

Immigrant America will focus primarily on the 20th Century history and culture of immigrants of the first second, and third generation. The aim is to enable you to build on what you will have experienced of American (im)migration during your JYA and make the most of it in an individual research project that should be the best work you have ever done.

We will kick off with some theoretical reflections and historical investigations of migration and ethnicity before studying the cultural production and historical experience of various ethnic groups and individual writers and filmmakers.

In subsequent weeks we study Italian Americans and Jewish Americans of the turn of the 20th Century, for example; as well as Mexican migration to the US today, plus a variety of others.

As well as classical models of transatlantic immigration, we will also look at internal and queer migration and the experience of children and refugees.


100%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 252 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.