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COURSE OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in American culture and politics by studying in the US

  • Choose from an exciting and flexible range of course modules covering history, literature, politics and contemporary culture
  • Hit the road and take part in a two-week intensive field trip – previously students have visited Las Vegas, hiked in the Grand Canyon and driven along Route 66
  • Our American Studies course has a 97.5% satisfaction rating in The Guardian’s 2018 University League Table
  • American Studies at Winchester achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

With its international reach – and a president who can set the world on edge with a single tweet – American politics has arguably never been so relevant to people's lives as it is today. On our three-year programme, you explore the rich diversity of American culture alongside the contentious political issues that define the contemporary world order. Our studies traverse America examining how its government institutions, presidency, and people’s protests and rights relate to the wider world.

Half of the programme employs American Studies perspectives, which are typically organised around a theme. Ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity, are used to analyse American culture and to debate issues.

In Year 1, you are introduced to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. The growing focus in Year 2 is cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America in Year 3.

The other half of the programme provides students with the historical and theoretical knowledge to understand the key political conflicts and ideas that have defined the modern world. In Years 2 and 3, students choose from modules covering specific aspects of US politics and a wide range of contemporary issues.

To really expand your horizons, fulfil your curiosity and immerse yourself in stateside culture and history, you can go to the US and ‘get the sweatshirt’ by studying for a semester at one of our excellent partner institutions as part of the University's American Exchange scheme. And there's the opportunity to round off this degree with a field trip to the USA.

You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the cross-cultural diversity of the contemporary world. The broad nature of this course prepares you for a range of careers. Alumni have gone on to work in business, retail, the creative industries, journalism, museums, teaching and the public sector.

Careers

Graduates go on to work within business, creative industries, journalism, teaching and the public sector.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field trips

Students have the opportunity to take part in an optional 14-day intensive field trip to the USA in Year 2 - previously, students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon. In Year 3, students have the opportunity to take part in an immersive study tour of the American South (Civil Rights Immersive Study) - this trip retraces the steps of the Civil Rights movement and visits historical sites, museums and foundations.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) American Studies and Politics course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA) and Europe (Bulgaria and Czech Republic) via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
Independent learning: 1044 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester or at our West Downs Campus, Winchester.

Assessments

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

73% coursework
11% written exams
16% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

68% coursework
13% written exams
19% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

91% coursework
6% written exams
3% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate:  26 points

If English is not your first language:   Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

 

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules
  • Introduction to Politics and Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • United States Politics and Society
  • Human Rights in the Global Political Economy

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2
Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1
Introduction to American Studies 2

 

 

Introduction to American Studies 1

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Researching American Culture

Optional Credits

Optional Modules
  • American Gothic
  • The Modern American Presidency
  • Region and Environment (field trip)
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Literature and Film
  • Southern Cultures
  • Making it, Buying it and Being it: Work and Money in American Literature
  • Volunteering for American Studies
  • US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts
  • The War on Terror and the Axis of Evil and Beyond
  • Security Studies: Theory and Practice

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules
  • Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Issues in African American Culture
  • Identity in Contemporary American Film
  • American Conspiracies
  • Liberty and Extremism in America
  • Picturing the Nation
  • War in the American Experience
  • The Contemporary American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • Chick Lit/Women's Writing Before Sex and the City
  • American Political Writing
  • Civil Rights Immersive Study - this trip retraces the steps of the Civil Rights movement and visits historical sites, museums and foundations
  • Debates in Globalisation
  • Political Islam
  • Diplomatic Studies
  • Contemporary Civil War
  • European Culture and Institutions
  • Politics, Energy, and the Environment
  • China: 21C Challenges
  • Case Study in Political Philosophy
  • The Global South
  • Sexual Violence and Politics

 

Independent Study

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Field trip

Students will have the option to study a module including a field trip in the second or third year of study. Costs will be dependent on flight prices. Cost £900 - £1,200. 

Mandatory

Core texts

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible. However, due the nature of the course students are sometimes recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost £50-150 per academic year.

Printing and binding

Third year students need to submit two bound copies of their dissertation. Cost £2.50-5.00

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

 

Key course details

UCAS code
T701
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester