Fundamentals of US Studies (USSC6901)


This unit introduces students to the foundations of American politics, economics, society and culture, examining the interplay of major actors and ideas from these spheres. It will familiarise students with the variegated landscape of America through analysing contemporary issues using interactive approaches to learning. Students will survey how America's political framework either engages with or impedes social and economic actors and how these dynamics are reflected in and supported or undermined by the media and artistic expression.

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2x5-hr intensive classes weeks 1 and 2, 1x6-hr intensive week 3


class participation including journal (20%), learning portfolio (equivalent to 3000wds) (40%) and 1x3000wd research essay (40%)

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