American Studies: Interdisciplinary Methods (953V1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module reflexively surveys the field of American Studies by examining its history, practice, and research methodologies as they evolved over the 20th century. You will read classic works in American Studies theory and methodology and gain a knowledge of the intellectual trajectory and legacy of American Studies; will consider American Studies in international context; will consider emerging trends and uses of evidence; become familiar with traditional and new technological aids to research; will learn to apply research in both academic and non-academic spheres; will learn to analyse different media using a variety of archives and methodologies. The key aim of the module is to explore, contextualise and think self-reflexively about the question “What is American Studies?” and why is it relevant today.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: