American Studies Practice (954V1)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

American Studies Practice gives you a hands-on opportunity to work alongside American studies researchers and archivists by drawing on the extremely strong American holdings, digital and otherwise, of the University Library and the Special Collections at The Keep, thereby enabling you to work with material unavailable elsewhere in the UK.

Working with curators, researchers and academic specialists, a final portfolio assessment will be developed according to the particular archives explored by you: this might consist of a reflective learning diary, a public knowledge project presentation, or a more traditional research paper based on archival materials analysis. Taking this module, you will be able to explore some of the practical applications of archival research and to develop the skills that are essential for American studies researchers throughout their course.

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: