American Cities (T7066)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Explore the history, culture and significance of a particular US city in detail.

You’ll compare the myths of the city to its realities, from its foundation to its current manifestation. We’ll contextualise the city in terms of the development of the United States and:

  • its colonial and expansionist histories
  • the urban economy
  • its relationship to changing American populations.

We take an interdisciplinary approach. You’ll study history, film, literature, and music to firmly locate the city in its relationship to the national story.

Possible cities include New York, New Orleans, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, depending on teaching in the academic year.


54%: Lecture (Film, Lecture)
46%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: