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.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: