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BA (Hons)American Studies and Politics with options to Study Abroad

University of Winchester
United Kingdom, Winchester
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American Studies and Politics at Winchester addresses the diversity of American culture alongside the contentious political issues that define the contemporary world order.

Half of the programme uses American Studies perspectives, which typically organise knowledge 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. Study in Year 1 introduces students 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 contemporary world. In Years 2 and 3, students choose from modules covering specific aspects of US politics, such as its foreign policy and diplomacy, and a wide range of contemporary issues ranging from the US to China and the Islamic world, as well as the multivalent effects of globalisation.

Programme structure

Year 1

Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 and 2
Introduction to American Studies 1 and 2
US Politics and Society
Year 2

American Modernity
American Gothic
US Foreign Policy: Institutions and Concepts
Global Governance
The Modern American Presidency
The War on Terror
Year 3

Contemporary American Film
African-American Culture
Sex and the City and the History of American Women
Debates in Globalisation
Diplomatic Studies
Case Study in Political Philosophy: Conservatism
Liberty and Extremism
Field trip module (optional)
A 14-day intensive field trip to the USA is available in Year 2. Previous students have visited Las Vegas, driven along Route 66 and hiked in the Grand Canyon.

American Exchange (optional)
During Year 2, there is the opportunity to spend the entire semester studying at one of five American universities.

Erasmus Exchange (optional)
There are currently Erasmus Exchange opportunities with Charles University in Prague.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States