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Module details


Year: 2014/15
Department: Various
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Owen Robinson  
Teaching Staff: Dr Owen Robinson, Danielle Mortimer  
Contact details: Dr Owen Robinson, Department of LiFTS, tel: 2617, email: orobin  

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 & 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


  • A full module description and bibliography/filmography will be available on request from the CISH Office, Room 6.130. The Reading list is also available on the Course Materials Repository.

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Should you have any queries about the Module Directory pages, please contact the Course Record Team, Systems Administration Office, Academic Section; email: crt (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)