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.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in American and Canadian Studies (ACS) and half in History (60 credits)
ACS: You take three foundation courses:
- American History to 1890, which includes examination of social, political and cultural themes
- Literature up to 1890, which analyses literary, visual and film texts
- An introduction to Canadian Studies
History: The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods. You can choose two out of these five survey modules, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term: Discovering the Middle Ages, Living in the Middle Ages, The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815, The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000 and War and Society (20 credits per module). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn semester) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring semester), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
ACS: You study history and culture from 1890 to the present and begin to develop your own interests, be these political, sociological, literary or multicultural, by selecting specialist options from a list that includes:
- The African-American Experience
- The CIA and International History
- Film-making practices (which can include some practical training)
History: The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in Group Research and extend your historical knowledge through one (20 credit) subject-specific Option B module chosen from a wide range of available. You can then choose one module from History in Theory and Practice (20 credits), Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (20 credits) (please note: this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (20 credits) (please note: places on this module are limited).
ACS: Your final year courses are drawn from a wide range of options including Anti-Americanism, a variety of options exploring cross-cultural themes in American and Canadian History, and including courses in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Film. At the very centre of your studies is a year long project, entitled The Extended Essay, which gives you a chance to develop your own interests in depth. The extended essay differs from other modules and poses a greater challenge, and greater opportunity for personal development and originality. University taught courses provide a syllabus and bibliography, and the assessment generally explores a major theme of the course, sometimes by further recommended reading, or examines comprehensive understanding. The extended essay has quite different objectives. The final year project is the pinnacle of undergraduate education and illustrates skills acquired through years of university study in research conceived and executed independently.
History: The third year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects.