Units of Study

 The American Studies Major
If you commenced your degree in 2018 you must complete:

USSC1201 America and Australia the issues compared

AMST1001 Global America

 

AMST2701 American Dreams

One additional 2000 level American Studies Unit of Study

 

AMST3601 American Perspectives

Two additional 3000 level American Studies Units of Study

One 3000 level Faculty Interdisciplinary Unit of Study

If you commenced your degree in 2014 you must complete:

AMST1001 Global America

 

HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton
or
HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America

 

AMST2601 American Foundations (now AMST2701 American Dreams)

AMST3601 American Perspectives

Four Cross-Listed Senior Units

 

If you commenced your degree prior to 2014 you must complete: 

AMST1001 Global America

 

HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton
or
HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America

 

AMST2601 American Foundations

Five Cross-listed Senior Units

 

 

 

AMST1001 - Global America

Semester 2 | Credit Points: 6

Description

This unit will investigate the global connectedness of the United States and how this relates to the core values and interests that define America. The primary focus will be on the United States in the 21st global century. The pedagogical aim of this unit is to provide students with analytical frames to understand the most important issues in contemporary American literature, culture, politics, society and the economy, and how they are affected by and affect the world outside the US.Students intending to study American Studies at senior level are also required to complete either HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton or HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America (offered in Semester 1)

Assessments

3x1000 word essays (22% each) and 1x1.5 hour exam (34%)

Classes

1x2 hour lecture, 1x1 hour tutorial per week

2018 Coordinator

Dr Lucas Thompson | email:

AMST2701 American Dreams

Semester 1 | 2018 | Credit Points: 6

Description

From a multidisciplinary standpoint, this unit introduces students to the contradictory richness of “Americanness” and prepares them for the Major in American Studies. Divided into five historically grounded modules - race, religion, gender, politics, region - the unit will approach each from a variety of methodological angles. It will open lines of interrelation between historical, political, and imaginary forms in the construction and ongoing redefinition of the United States.

Students who began their degrees before 2011 must have completed 12 junior credit points of English, History, or Art History and Film in order to enrol in the unit. Students who began their degrees in 2011 or later must complete AMST1001 Global America and either HSTY1076 American History from Lincoln to Clinton or HSTY1023 Emerging Giant: The Making of America. It is recommended that students take this core unit in their second year.

Assessments

Assessment consists of three 1,500 word essays.

Classes

There will be a 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week.

Unit Coordinator

Dr Rodney Taveira | e­-mail:

AMST3601 - American Perspectives

Semester 2 | Credit Points: 6

Description

This unit will discuss key texts from Politics, History, English, Film Studies, and Music to critically examine the ways the United States has been idealised as exceptional - as democracy, utopia, and empire.
Students will study works ranging from de Tocqueville's Democracy in America to the film Birth of a Nation with the aim of developing a critical appreciation of both classic and contemporary debates about American society.
The unit will conclude with a discussion of the ways American Studies as a field deals with these long standing debates in innovative and challenging ways.

Assessments

2x 200wd Online reading response (20%)
and Essay 900wd proposal with annotated bibliography (20%)
3000wd Research Essay (50%) and Tutorial Participation (10%)

Classes

One 1hr lecture a week and one 2hr tutorial a week

2018 Coordinator

Dr. Thomas Adams| e­-mail:

AMST4111 - American Studies: Theory and Practice

Semester 2 | Credit Points: 12

Description

This seminar aims to strengthen the scholarly awareness and acumen of Honours students by foregrounding the question of how fields of study emerge and are shaped. It asks such large-scale questions as:

  • How do fields of research emerge and change shape?
  • What tensions occur when the old is challenged by the new? Is new better than old?
  • What is the role of interdisciplinary cross-pollination and convergence in altering disciplinary trajectories?
  • What are the benefits and challenges of working in an inter/multi-disciplinary frame?
  • To whom should I address my work? Do I need to choose a home field?

These questions are addressed in three specific modules that represent areas of recent, rapid and fertile growth in American history and American studies: Religion and Power; The Environment; and the City.

Coordinator

Dr Rodney Taveira | email:


Cross-listed Units

Units available in 2018

In addition to the core units, the major in American Studies can be made up of units from those cross-listed from the contributing departments. No more than three units from any one department can be counted towards the major.

  • AMST 2606 Stand Up USA: American Comedy and Humour (semester 2)
  • ENGL 2603 American Literature: Imagining America (semester 2)
  • GCST 2605 Race and Representation (summer)
  • GCST 2607 Bodies, Sexualities, Identities (summer)
  • GCST 26012 Youth and Youth Culture (semester 1)
  • GCST 2630 Consumer Cultures (semester 2)
  • GOVT 2445 American Politics and Foreign Policy (semester 2)
  • HSTY 2656 A House Divided: The American Civil War (semester 1)
  • HSTY 2671 Law and Order in Modern America (semester 2)
  • HSTY 2687 Alliance Anxiety: Australia-USA-Asia (semester 1)
  • USSC 2601 US in the World (semester 1)
  • USSC 2602 US Politics: Elections, Presidents, Laws (semester 1)
  • USSC 2603 Americanism & anti-Americanism (semester 2)
  • USSC 2604 Sex, Race and Rock in the USA (semester 2)
  • USSSC 2605 US Studies Internship Unit (semester 1 and 2)
  • USSC 3601 Public Opinion and Voting in the U.S. (semester 1)

All co-tabled units

  • AMST 2606 Stand Up USA: American Comedy and Humour
  • ARHT 2614 Pollock to Psychedelia
  • ENGL 2660 Reading the Nation: Modern US Writing
  • ENGL2664 Transpacific American Literature
  • ENGL 2664 Transpacific American Literature 1838-99
  • ENGL 3616 Reading Contemporary America
  • ENGL 3706 African American Literature
  • GCST 26012 Youth and Youth Culture
  • GCST 2630 Consumer Cultures
  • HSTY 2611 America in World Affairs: A History
  • HSTY 2609 African-American History and Culture
  • HSTY 2670 Black Manhattan
  • HSTY 2702 Gender and Medicine in Modern America
  • HSTY 2694 New Orleans: From Mardi Gras to Katrina
  • PHIL 3615 Pragmatism
  • USSC 2601 US in the World
  • USSC 2602 US Politics: Elections, Presidents, Laws
  • USSC 2603 Americanism & anti-Americanism
  • USSC 2604 Sex, Race and Rock in the USA
  • USSC 3701 US Studies Internship Unit
  • USSC 3601 Public Opinion and Voting in the U.S.