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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Immerse yourself in American life and culture by studying in the US
  • Choose from an exciting and flexible range of course modules covering history, literature, sociology 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

There’s no escaping the all pervasive impact and influence of the world’s leading industrial nation. From hip hop to McDonald’s and from Apple’s iPhone to Hollywood movies, America’s cultural and commercial products are instantly recognisable all over the world. America is also one of the most diverse places on the planet and boasts a rich history and intriguing political culture.

Whether you’re interested in understanding how Donald Trump became president, exploring African-American cultural heritage or enriching your love of American films and literature, this course has it covered. The awesome breadth and depth of American culture and history are reflected in our extensive programme, which gives you the opportunity to study the areas that excite you most, including US foreign policy, contemporary film and TV, and the civil rights movement.

The programme’s modules are typically organised around a theme, for instance the Presidency, African-American Culture, Classical Hollywood, American Gothic, Contemporary Film and the phenomenon of Sex and the City. As part of these modules, you discuss ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity to analyse American culture and to debate political issues past and present. When you explore these topics, you gain the knowledge and skills to fully evaluate the complexities, diversity, and international influence of a global powerhouse.

You are taught by a team of experts who are internationally recognised in their fields and lead pioneering research. In fact, you may apply to work alongside them as paid researchers as part of the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP).

To really expand your horizons, fulfil your curiosity and immerse yourself in stateside culture, you can study for a semester at one of our excellent partner institutions as part of the University’s American Exchange scheme.

Year 1 introduces you to ideas such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. Choose from modules such as Digital America, America and Americanisation, The Black Atlantic, and United States Politics and Society.

In Year 2, the focus is on historical and cultural America, with core modules including American Modernity and Researching American Culture, and a choice of possible optional modules from The Modern American Presidency, Region and Environment (including a field trip), American Science Fiction, and Southern Cultures.

There’s a shift towards contemporary America in Year 3, when you also have the opportunity to take part in an immersive study tour of the American South, retracing the steps of the civil rights movement and visiting historical sites, museums and foundations. You write a dissertation on your chosen specialism, and choose from optional modules that may include Issues in African-American Culture, Liberty and Extremism in America, and American Women’s Culture in the Nineteenth Century.

You graduate as a well-informed critical thinker who understands the rich 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, teaching and the public sector.

Careers

Graduates have gone on to work within business, retail, the 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

Work placements

You have the opportunity to undertake professional practice placements during the programme for three months, six months or one year. Three or six month placements can be taken as part of credit bearing modules, allowing you to undertake a work placement and still graduate within three years.

Field trips

You will 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, you can choose 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 course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA), 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: 204 hours
Independent learning: 996 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 1032 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)

Assessment

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)*:

79% coursework
5% written exams
16%  practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

81% coursework
0% written exams
19% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

94% coursework
0% written exams
6% 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 section.

Student satisfaction

As rated by final year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey, American Studies achieved greater than 90% overall satisfaction.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120

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

International Baccalaureate:   26

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)

Semester 1 Credits

Introduction to American Studies I 30

This module introduces some significant themes and concepts of American Studies, and develops initial academic skills. It does so via a combined pattern of work in which a schedule of workshops introduces the topics for study which student blogs and a small group meeting then follow up in detail. Our principal aim is to raise your awareness of the key themes and concepts which recur through the development of America, emphasising the continuity of culture which will connect together your studies in the subject.

Semester 2 Credits

Introduction to American Studies II 30

This module continues the study begun in Introduction to American Studies I and examines factors identified with significant elements of American cultural and social identity such as race, immigration, gender, religion and the development and challenges of a multi-cultural America.

 

Optional Credits

Optional
  • Transatlantic Narratives – 15 Credits
  • Digital America – 15 Credits
  • America and Americanisation – 15 Credits
  • The Black Atlantic – 15 Credits
  • American Genres – 15 Credits
  • United States Politics and Society – 15 Credits

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 [LINK] www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules
  • American Gothic – 15 Credits
  • The Modern American Presidency – 15 Credits
  • Region and Environment (field trip) -15 Credits
  • American Science Fiction – 15 Credits
  • Writing America – 15 Credits
  • Literature and Film – 15 Credits
  • Southern Cultures – 15 Credits
  • Making it, Buying it and Being it: Work and Money in American Literature – 15 Credits
  • Volunteering for American Studies – 15 Credits
  • US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts -15 Credits

Field trip: Students have the opportunity to take part in an optional 14-day intensive field trip to the USA - previously, students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon.

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 [LINK] www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Researching American Culture 15

This module aims to improve your ability to research, your ability to question and your ability to deal with concepts. To give the module focus, we will examine a particular decade of American history, for instance  the Nineteen Eighties. The aim is not to give you a detailed content knowledge of that period. Rather, studying the Eighties gives us a convenient foundation to rehearse different approaches to understanding and interpreting issues, and a way to examine and debate different points of view about the era’s meaning and significance. And as we will find, many of the hotly debated issues of today have their roots in the disputes of 20-30 years ago.

American Modernity 15

American Modernity deals with the developments which began to make the USA that is familiar to us today—a predominantly urban, industrial, immigrant, consumerist, and technologically developed nation. To exemplify these developments it focuses initially on the city of Chicago, ‘the first of the great cities of the world,’ according to its first important novelist Henry Blake Fuller, ‘to rise under purely modern conditions.’ The second half of the module ranges more widely, from the development of urban Black culture in Harlem, New York (exemplified and represented in Larsen’s novel Passing) to legalised racial oppression in the South (the trials of the ‘Scottsboro boys’), and the trauma of the Great Depression, especially as made present through the quintessentially modern medium of photography.  Taken together, this will allow us to see beyond naïve notions of straightforward linear historical progress, to see American Modernity clearly as being composed of processes, conflicts, and struggles. Many of these are highly significant in determining not only the contours of the contemporary United States, but also the shape of everyday life across the world.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules
  • Issues in African American Culture – 15 Credits
  • Identity in Contemporary American Film – 15 Credits
  • American Conspiracies – 15 Credits
  • Liberty and Extremism in America – 15 Credits
  • Picturing the Nation – 15 Credits
  • War in the American Experience – 15 Credits
  • The Contemporary American Novel – 15 Credits
  • American Crime Fiction – 15 Credits
  • Sex and the City and Beyond – 15 Credits
  • Chick Lit: Women's Writing before Sex and the City – 15 Credits
  • American Political Writing – 15 Credits
  • The City in American Literature 1868-1925 – 15 Credits
  • Civil Rights Immersive Study - this trip retraces the steps of the Civil Rights movement and visits historical sites, museums and foundations – 15 Credits
  • American Women's Culture in the Nineteenth Century – 15 Credits
  • American Exchange (optional) - there is the opportunity to spend one semester studying in the USA
  • Erasmus Exchange (optional) - there are currently Erasmus Exchange opportunities in the Czech Republic

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.

Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar 30

This module is taught in a combination of lectures, small seminar groups and individual tutorials.   In all of these arenas students will be provided with the opportunity to reflect and consider synoptically and self-reflexively issues and debates in American Studies, bringing to bear the knowledge and expertise they have gleaned from all aspects of the course, including their concurrent Dissertation. On the completion of the Dissertation the module will turn to an articulation of how the students should construct their CV and relay their transferable skills to the larger job market.

Dissertation 30

The Extended Independent Study (EIS) in American Studies is a dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a subject of the students’ choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with regular supervision supplied by tutors teaching in the subject.

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 sometimes students are 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.

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
T700
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104 – 120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester