Introduction to American Studies (T7044)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you to a range of key concepts, methodological tools, and theoretical approaches to the interdisciplinary study of American culture. In doing so, it will introduce the analytical and intellectual frameworks that you will use throughout your undergraduate American Studies degree and beyond.

Throughout the module, these concepts, methods, and theories will be applied to a wide range of significant American cultural material, including film, music, images, and, of course, literature. The module also provides you with formal guidance and instruction in the practice of essay writing, referencing, and how to read academic texts effectively.


58%: Lecture (Film, Lecture)
42%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 26 hours of contact time and 124 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.