Theoretical Concepts for American Studies (T7055)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This Year 2 core module provides theoretical tools for interpreting literary, historical, and cultural objects that you are likely to encounter in your modules and during the year abroad.

This module is also intended to familiarise you with important concepts that you may encounter in your secondary reading and independent research, and apply these concepts accurately and appropriately. Topics covered may include historical materialism, ideology and ideology critique, cultural capital, sexuality, nationhood/nationalism, biopower, intersectionality, and neoliberalism.

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 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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: