Units of Study
|The American Studies Major|
|Prerequisites (students enrolled before 2011 see below)
|AMST1001 Global America|
AMST2601 and AMST3601 American Perspectives
Semester 2 | Credit Points: 6
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)
3x1000 word essays (22% each) and 1x1.5 hour exam (34%)
1x2 hour lecture, 1x1 hour tutorial per week
Semester 1 | Credit Points: 6
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 three historically grounded modules (Slavery and Race; Religion; and Postwar Masculinity), the unit will approach each from a variety of angles: the historiographical,
the literary, the cultural, and where relevant the cinematic. It will open lines of interrelation between historical 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, and/or History and/or Art History and Film in order to enrol in the unit. Students who began there 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 the core unit in their second year.
Three 1500 word essays
One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial each week
Dr Rodney Taveira | e-mail:
Semester 2 | Credit Points: 6
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.
2x 200wd Online reading response (20%)
and Essay 900wd proposal with annotated bibliography (20%)
3000wd Research Essay (50%) and Tutorial Participation (10%)
One 1hr lecture a week and one 2hr tutorial a week
In addition to the core unit, the major in American Studies is made up of five units from those cross-listed from the contributing departments. No more than three units from any one department can be counted towards the major.
- ARHT 2657 Contemporary Hollywood (semester 2)
- ENGL 2603 American Literature: Imagining America (semester 1)
- ENGL 2617 Postmodernism (semester 1)
- GOVT 2445 American Politics and Foreign Policy (semester 2)
- HSTY 2662 Atlantic World in the Age of Empire (semester 2)
- HSTY 2667 Politics and Culture of US Imperialism (semester 1)
- HSTY 2671 Law and Order in Modern Australia (semester 2)
- MUSC 2666 A Global Sound: African American Music (semester 2)
- USSC 2601 US in the World (semester 2)
- 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 1)
- AMST 2602 Regionalism and American Culture
- ARHT 2614 Expand your Mind: Pollock to Psychedelia
- ARHT 2657 Contemporary Hollywood
- ARHT 2658 American Independent Cinema
- ENGL 2603 American Literature: Imagining America
- ENGL 2617 Postmodernism
- ENGL 2627 Screening Sexuality
- ENGL 2635 Contemporary American Literature
- ENGL 2660 Reading the Nation: Modern US Writing
- ENGL 2664 Transpacific American Literature 1838-99
- ENGL 3604 Cinematic Modernism
- ENGL 3656 Rethinking the Thirties
- GOVT 2445 American Politics and Foreign Policy
- HSTY 2611 America in World Affairs: A History
- HSTY 2656 A House Divided: The American Civil War
- HSTY 2662 Atlantic World in the Age of Empire
- HSTY 2663 American Indian Holocaust?
- HSTY 2666 American Revolutions
- HSTY 2667 Politics and Culture of US Imperialism
- HSTY 2670 New York, New York
- HSTY 2671 Law and Order in Modern America
- HSTY 2687 Alliance: Australia-US Relations
- MUSC 2666 A Global Sound: African American Music
- 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