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CS261-5-FY: American (Us) Studies Second Year Seminar

Year: 2014/15
Department: Various
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Matt Lodder  
Teaching Staff: Various staff will lecture on this module, including Owen Robinson, Matt Lodder, Caspar Pearson, Natasha Ruiz-Gomez. Amel Kheirat will teach the classes  
Contact details: Dr Matt Lodder, School of Philosophy and Art History, email: mlodder.  

Module is taught during the following terms

Module Description

The module will look in detail at the development and significance of two key U.S. sites: New Orleans and New York. We will examine the two cities through various cultural, historical and political perspectives, and discuss their individual identities and their impact upon ideas of both the United States and the wider Americas. The module content will include urbanism, race relations, architecture, commerce, advertising and invisible exports such as film and recorded music. In addition to printed sources, including novels and short fiction, the module will also look at film, video and music.

Learning and Teaching Methods

1 hour lecture + 1 hour class per week. As some of the teaching material includes films some sessions may vary in length and content.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Two 3,000 word essays equally weighted.

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 hour exam during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory for 2nd Yr BA American (United States) Studies, Criminology and American Studies and American (US) Studies with Film.


  • The reading list is also available on the Online Repository Bank (ORB).

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Prof Richard Ellis
  • Academic Role: Professor of American Studies

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