American and Canadian Studies modules First Year

Listed on this page are the modules offered in American and Canadian Studies as part of its First Year degree programme.

Core modules

Introduction to American and Canadian Studies

This module introduces the interdisciplinary field of American and Canadian Studies, asking if there is such a thing as a national identity in the United States and Canada and examining the often-fierce debate over who can and cannot be an American or a Canadian. 

Value: 20 credits

Research Skills in American and Canadian Studies

This module will enable students to develop skills of independent research and constructive team working, which they will use throughout their degree (and beyond).

Value: 20 credits

Discovering North American Literature A – to 1900

This module provides a chronological survey of North American literature up to the end of the 19th century. Topics may include: the Puritan origins of American literature, American Enlightenment, westward expansion and conquest, transcendentalism, gender, race and slave narratives, the American Gothic and literary realism and naturalism. 

Value: 20 credits

Discovering North American Literature B – 1900 onwards

This module provides a chronological survey of North American texts written during the 20th and 21st centuries. Topics may include: the rise of consumer culture, the emergence of a new kind of city culture, folk culture, protest writing, gender, race, postwar conformity, the counterculture, indigenous writing and the changing ethics and politics of a pre- and post-millennium nation. 

Value: 20 credits

US History 1607 - 1865

This module offers a broad survey of the history of the United States from the first landing of English colonists to the end of the Civil War. It pays particular attention to the political, economic, intellectual, social and cultural history of European settlement on the American continent. Topics may include: Native American life, Colonial society and politics, westward expansion, the American Revolution, the rise of racial slavery, the cotton boom, Jacksonian Democracy, the sectional crisis and the Civil War.

Value: 20 credits

US History 1865 - 2000

This module offers a broad survey of the history of the United States from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the new millennium. It pays particular attention to the political, economic, intellectual, social and cultural history of the United States in this period. Topics may include: Reconstruction, mass immigration, the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton administrations.

Value: 20 credits