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.
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 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses: