BA American and Canadian Modules Second Year

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

Compulsory modules

Core module 1: ‘Yankee Go Home’: American-Canadian Relations (20 credits)

This module examines the often-friendly, but occasionally tense, relationship between Canada and the United States, considering themes that may include the development of two similar, yet distinctly separate, societies on the North American continent and how they define their culture and society in relation to one another.

Core module 2: North America in Crisis: Culture and Politics (20 credits)

This module explores the literature and culture produced in North America during times of ‘crisis’, defined here as moments when the region experiences, or seems to experience, conditions of heightened vulnerability and self-scrutiny (as well as the scrutiny of the global community). Topics may include: the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, war (first world, second world, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, drugs and/or terror), the AIDS crisis, 9/11 and climate change.

Optional modules

Example optional modules may include: 

The Foundations of African-American Experience

The module will provide students with an introduction of the African-American experience from c.1850-1945. The module covers topics such as the slave narrative, resistance to slavery, the experience of the freedmen and the rise of Jim Crow, African-American leaders and campaigners such as Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells, the Harlem Renaissance and the experience of war.

Value: 10 credits

The African-American experience from 1945

This module offers students the opportunity to study the political, social and cultural experience of African-Americans since 1945. It includes the study of important events in the civil rights movement, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the rise of Black power. The course allows students to critically assess the role of leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, and the work of civil rights organizations such as the Student Nonviolence Co-ordinating committee. The course examines the impact of the civil rights movement, studying post-civil rights themes such as Black Poverty and access to justice. The course is delivered through two hour workshops, which include lecture and group work.

Value: 10 credits

Terrorism in America: A History

Terrorism in the form of politically motivated violence has a long history in the United States. Since the aftermath of the Civil War in the 19th century, various groups on the left and the right have used violence as a tactic in pursuit of political aims. This module examines in depth the nature of terrorism in America through a thematic, theoretical and chronological approach from the 19th century to the 21st century.

Value: 10 credits