America in the 21st Century (T7051)
30 credits, Level 6
You examine the state of 21st century America and assess the challenges the country faces - evaluating how it is represented globally. You examine a wide range of texts, media, documentary film, fiction, and cultural theory.
You look at topics including:
- America as a civilisation
- how American values and concepts have shaped social and cultural formation in American life
- 9/11 and the War on Terror
- community and civic decline in American public life
- the 21st century American city
- race and ethnicity in 21st century America
- the contemporary American novel
- the American West
- political activism and protest
- consumer culture and religion in 21st century America.
30%: Coursework (Presentation)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 51 hours of contact time and about 249 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: