The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Your studies will revolve around core courses in American history and literature (‘Foundations of American History to 1890’ and ‘Foundations of American Literature to 1890’), together with an ‘Introduction to Canadian Studies’ module. A group project 'Research Skills' module provides you with key research and IT skills. You will also take one Module from Outside your Main Discipline (MOMD) which you choose from a wide variety from across the university. Popular choices include Film Studies, Psychology and Modern Languages.
Detailed descriptions of first year modules
You will continue to study history and culture from 1890 to the present in core modules but you will also develop your own interests - political, sociological, literary or multicultural - by selecting 40 credits of specialist options modules.
- American History from 1890
- 20th-Century American Literature and Culture
Options may include modules such as:
• America and the Middle East Through Film
• Emergence of Mass Culture; Hollywood Cinema
• Literature and Illustration
• The Foundations of African-American Experience
• The Thriller: American Crime Fiction
• Fantasy Film and Television
• Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
• Terrorism in America: a History
• North American 1920s: literature and society
Detailed descriptions of second year modules
You will spend the third year in North America . You will begin research for your dissertation this year and the year counts towards your final degree. Please note, you must pass the second year course with a mark of at least 50% to be eligible for study abroad.
You will have the opportunity to study with one of our exchange partner Universities, where you will be free to select from a wide range of American and Canadian civilisation courses. In recent years our students have been to the following universities:
- University of Wyoming-Laramie
- University of Iowa
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- University of Virginia
- University of Mississippi
- University of Cincinnati
- McGill University
- Dalhousie University
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Alabama
- Berry College
- Southern Birmingham College
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto
Alternatively, we also offer a limited number of students an internship (a work placement) working with the British American Business Council (the BABC) or a company who have membership of the BABC. We currently have placements based in Chicago, San Francisco and New York City.
More information on the year abroad options
Your final-year modules are drawn from a wide range of options which examine multiculturalism, cross-cultural themes, contemporary literature and film, American international history and politics. You will also complete a substantial research project for your Dissertation.
- Dissertation Or Audio-Visual Dissertation
Options may include modules such as:
• Aesthetics of Television
• CIA US Foreign Policy and International Relations since 1945
• Contemporary European American and European Cinema: Dialogues and Discourses
• Death and the moving image
• Nation and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America
• New York, New York
• Reading and popular culture: contemporary book cultures in North America and UK
• US Foreign Policy and Terrorism
• American Woman since 1945; Anti-Americanism
• Cold War and Film
• Contemporary North American Writing
• New media, social media and politics
• Postcolonial Film
• Postmodern Historical Fictions
• Visualising C19th Networks.
Detailed descriptions of final year modules