Please note that this module was available
until 2016, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.
In this 30 CATS multidisciplinary first-year undergraduate core module of the course 'History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas', students will be asked to look at various topics of Comparative American Studies through history, film and literature. After a brief introduction to essay writing and film and literary theory, students will look at some of the key themes of American studies today including indigenous-European relations, US hegemony, race relations, and violence. In doing so they will be introduced to the methodologies, research techniques and theories of Comparative American Studies, from the use of quantitative data to comprehend the scope of the slave trade to the harnessing of oral testimony to understand the mechanics of Chicago drug gangs.
- Lecture, seminar, and film programme
- Required readings and bibliography
- Assessment, short essay titles, and contact hours