American Foundations (AMST2601)


This unit introduces students to the contradictory richness of 'Americanness' from an interdisciplinary standpoint and prepares them for the Major in American Studies. It is divided into different modules, each addressing a core national myth. We will approach each module from a variety of angles: historiographical, literary and visual, opening lines of interrelation between historical and imaginary forms in the construction and ongoing redefinition of the United States.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


3x1500wd essays (3x30%) and tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


AMST1001 and (HSTY1076 or HSTY1023)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.