BA American Studies (Part time)

Key facts

(Guardian University Guide 2017)

"American Studies was a great way for me to experience an English Literature style course that focused on the American culture I was already interested in at school."

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Henry Burrell, BA American Studies

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American Studies at the University of East Anglia is recognised as one of the best departments in the UK. We offer our undergraduate students a broad range of courses and modules, allowing you to tailor your learning as you progress through your time with us. Most of our degrees also involve a year studying abroad. Throughout their course, our students develop skills that are highly attractive to employers.

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"Many employers have expressed interest in my year abroad at interview, and I now feel more independent, experienced and ready for anything"

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Kirsten Irving, American Studies Graduate who spent her year abroad at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

American Studies allows you to understand the United States from literary and historical perspectives, by exploring great novels, movies, photographs and paintings, or historical documents and the nation’s defining historical events. You will get to grips with race, gender and civil liberties in America, consider its urban cityscapes and the landscapes of the wilderness, and delve into anything from popular culture to the counterculture and the avant garde.

Overview

The BA American Studies degree programme is an interdisciplinary course, enabling you to study American history and literature, as well as giving you the opportunity to study politics and film. The programme invites you to engage with diverse forms of cultural expression, including novels, poetry, photographs, paintings, historical and political documents, classic texts, bestsellers, and movies.

This degree programme is particularly suited to those who do not wish to spend a year abroad as part of their study but still engage in the BA American Studies course.

Course Structure

The course begins at UEA with core modules that introduce to many aspects of American life and culture. You will then have the opportunity to tailor learning, selecting optional modules from a wide range in your second and final years.

Years  1 & 2

In the first and second year you will engage with a number of compulsory modules, introducing you many aspects of American life and culture. You will begin with modules that provide an introduction to the core texts of American literature and the defining events in American history: Imagining America, parts I and II, and We The People, parts I and II. In addition you will take Reading Cultures, which focuses on American Icons, and Ideas and Ideologies, to deepen your understanding of the United States. At the same time the module is designed to develop the critical and writing skills essential for success at university

Years 3 & 4

In your third and forth year you are invited to choose from a wide range of seminars on topics, including American Southwest, American Music, Looking at Pictures: Photography and Visual Culture in the USA, American Material Culture, which might approach subjects such as the US environment, adolescence in American culture, the Harlem Renaissance, the punk movement or 1980s cinema.

We also offer literature options covering, for example, nineteenth century, twentieth century, and contemporary American or Cuban American writing, comparative American and Australian writing, or poetry, the Beat movement, American writers in Paris between the wars, and more.

Our history options span the breadth of the American past, taking in the aftermath of the Civil War, the dawn of the American century, the history of New York City, the Civil Rights Movement, US foreign policy, and much else besides.

Years 5 & 6

All students will have the option of taking advanced modules which could include American Violence, The American Body, The New American Century: Culture and Crisis – and many other possibilities from the literature and culture of the 1960s, of the Pacific, or of the nineteenth century, for example, multi-ethnic writing or Native American writing and film, or poetry and the environment, and more.

Should you wish to emphasise history, you may choose from options covering, the history of the CIA or of immigration and migration, or choose to take a two-semester documents-based “special subject” which could include options such as American slavery or the politics and culture of the 1960s, Native American history or, the Cold War.

Assessment

Assessment takes place at the end of each semester through coursework, and at the end of each year by examination.

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Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for credits:

Name Code Credits

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN HISTORY I: AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

The compulsory module will offer a fundamental challenge to the opening lines of the American Constitution, "We the People", and consider the question of inclusion: who did "the people" refer to and who was excluded from this term of reference?

AMAF4008A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE I

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the Colonial period, through the Revolution, up to the cataclysmic events of the Civil War. Across the course, you will bear witness to the birth of a deeply distinctive Anglophone national literary culture. You will encounter a rich and vibrant variety of American writers and texts - travellers, novelists, poets, biographers, philosophers. From Puritans to politicians, from revolutionaries to Romantics, you will explore the work of the men and women who shaped our ideas of what American Literature was, is, and might be. Each week, you will also consider the other forces that shaped these texts. As America was colonised, sought independence, expanded westwards and fought a Civil War over slavery, how did American writers respond to the extraordinary tensions running through a newly born nation?

AMAL4033A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE II

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the after the American Civil War, through the turn of the century and into modernism and the early twentieth century, up to the close of World War II.

AMAL4031B

20

READING CULTURES I: AMERICAN ICONS

This course aims to introduce you to some of the basic tools you will need for a degree in the School of American Studies. It is designed to provide you with the skills required for the assessed work you will be doing in your other core modules; you are also encouraged to bring in questions, thoughts and examples from those other modules.

AMAS4036A

20

READING CULTURES II: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

The module develops and expands the research methods, writing skills, and oral skills acquired in Reading Cultures I: American Icons. By continuing the exploration of contemporary American culture and introducing cultural and critical theory as a means to engage with current ideas and ideologies circulating around American cultural icons, the module will encourage exploration of America's changing position in the world. The module is intended to further facilitate skills in reading, writing, analysis, synthesis, independent thinking, and confidence as self-supporting learners in order to provide a strong foundation for work at levels 2 and 3.

AMAS4037B

20

WE THE PEOPLE II: THE AMERICAN CENTURY

This is an introductory survey module that provides students with knowledge of the broad outlines of American history from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. It follows a chronological sequence with weekly topics on the major themes and events in U.S. history in this period. Students will attend a weekly lecture during which they will take personal notes, before participating in a seminar in which they will debate the key issues. They will complete the required readings from the course textbooks before the seminar meeting, including primary documents and articles. Students will interrogate the readings and the key issues in the group, among peers and via structured activities.

AMAF4010B

20

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN HISTORY I: AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

The compulsory module will offer a fundamental challenge to the opening lines of the American Constitution, "We the People", and consider the question of inclusion: who did "the people" refer to and who was excluded from this term of reference?

AMAF4008A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE I

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the Colonial period, through the Revolution, up to the cataclysmic events of the Civil War. Across the course, you will bear witness to the birth of a deeply distinctive Anglophone national literary culture. You will encounter a rich and vibrant variety of American writers and texts - travellers, novelists, poets, biographers, philosophers. From Puritans to politicians, from revolutionaries to Romantics, you will explore the work of the men and women who shaped our ideas of what American Literature was, is, and might be. Each week, you will also consider the other forces that shaped these texts. As America was colonised, sought independence, expanded westwards and fought a Civil War over slavery, how did American writers respond to the extraordinary tensions running through a newly born nation?

AMAL4033A

20

IMAGINING AMERICA: LITERATURE II

This module will provide you with a thorough introduction to American Literature from the after the American Civil War, through the turn of the century and into modernism and the early twentieth century, up to the close of World War II.

AMAL4031B

20

READING CULTURES I: AMERICAN ICONS

This course aims to introduce you to some of the basic tools you will need for a degree in the School of American Studies. It is designed to provide you with the skills required for the assessed work you will be doing in your other core modules; you are also encouraged to bring in questions, thoughts and examples from those other modules.

AMAS4036A

20

READING CULTURES II: IDEAS AND IDEOLOGIES

The module develops and expands the research methods, writing skills, and oral skills acquired in Reading Cultures I: American Icons. By continuing the exploration of contemporary American culture and introducing cultural and critical theory as a means to engage with current ideas and ideologies circulating around American cultural icons, the module will encourage exploration of America's changing position in the world. The module is intended to further facilitate skills in reading, writing, analysis, synthesis, independent thinking, and confidence as self-supporting learners in order to provide a strong foundation for work at levels 2 and 3.

AMAS4037B

20

WE THE PEOPLE II: THE AMERICAN CENTURY

This is an introductory survey module that provides students with knowledge of the broad outlines of American history from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day. It follows a chronological sequence with weekly topics on the major themes and events in U.S. history in this period. Students will attend a weekly lecture during which they will take personal notes, before participating in a seminar in which they will debate the key issues. They will complete the required readings from the course textbooks before the seminar meeting, including primary documents and articles. Students will interrogate the readings and the key issues in the group, among peers and via structured activities.

AMAF4010B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN MUSIC

The first book published in the New World was a hymn book. Music, sacred and profane, has been at the centre of American lives ever since. Accordingly, this module will explore the history of American music - but it will also examine the way that its development tells a larger story. Focusing largely on the vernacular musical traditions we will encounter a wide range of musical styles and musicians, each of which has something vital to tell us about the shaping of America. After all, as Plato knew, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake."

AMAS5023A

20

FILMS THAT MADE US AMERICAN: THE 1980S THROUGH THE MOVIES

The module will examine America in the1980s. It will look at youth culture, post-Vietnam revisionism and the 'remasculinization of America', yuppie culture, and the impact of both AIDS and drug addiction. Core factors of study in this module are the effects of both New Right morality upon the American socio-cultural landscape, and Ronald Reagan as postmodern president administrating to a 'celluloid America' of his own fantastic imagining. Overall, the module will offer the chance to analyse the tensions and contradictions of the decade as they were played out in both the content and structure of contemporary American film.

AMAS5019A

20

THEY CAME FROM OUTER-THE-CLOSET: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PANIC IN AMERICAN FILM AND LITERATURE

With its main focus on the 20th century, this module will explore key moments of change or crisis in the century and consider the ways the panic caused by such changes is distinctly gendered and/or sexualised. It will concurrently examine gender and sexual resistance to dominant ideas of American identity and the subsequent creation and/or promotion of liberationist discourses and alternative communities. Film and literature will provide the focus for this cultural study, and the module will range widely over a number of different genres including the western, sci-fi, detective and LGBT themed works.

AMAS5020B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

This module provides a broadly chronological view of American poetry from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. It wonders about what the consequences might be if we consider seriously Emerson's claim (made in 1844), that America might be seen as a poem.

AMAL5011B

20

THE BEATS AND THE LIMITS OF WRITING

On this module we will explore Beat literature, tracing its origins in American rebellion and avant-garde experimentation, and the subsequent impact of the Beats on American literature and culture. We will examine how the Beats developed a counterculture which both engaged with and struggled against the limits of writing, identity, and society in mid-century America. Through close readings of texts and a sustained examination of key critical concepts, we will not only develop an understanding of the Beats in context, but also interrogate the limits of Beat literature itself through critical reflection on the tensions of race, gender, and "consensus culture" which surround and inform Beat writing.

AMAL5076A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLES: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

This is the second of two modules examining the black freedom struggle in the United States. This module examines the struggle from 1865 to Black Lives Matter. Students will study the political activism of African American figures such as Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune and Angela Davis. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the race, gender and class dimensions of the 'long' civil rights movement, paying specific attention to the activism of black women organisers. Finally, the module will encourage students to think through the diverse and changing nature of the civil rights movement as black activists responded to specific political situations both within the United States and abroad.

AMAH5050B

20

Black Freedom Struggles: Slavery, 1619-1865

The module will follow a chronological sequence, allowing us to trace the course of racial slavery in North America, reflecting on the roots of racism that flourished during the antebellum years and beyond. Through engaging with the developing historiography of slavery in the United States students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary (then and now) debates concerning race and racial identity as well as American slavery per se

AMAH5043A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN MUSIC

The first book published in the New World was a hymn book. Music, sacred and profane, has been at the centre of American lives ever since. Accordingly, this module will explore the history of American music - but it will also examine the way that its development tells a larger story. Focusing largely on the vernacular musical traditions we will encounter a wide range of musical styles and musicians, each of which has something vital to tell us about the shaping of America. After all, as Plato knew, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake."

AMAS5023A

20

FILMS THAT MADE US AMERICAN: THE 1980S THROUGH THE MOVIES

The module will examine America in the1980s. It will look at youth culture, post-Vietnam revisionism and the 'remasculinization of America', yuppie culture, and the impact of both AIDS and drug addiction. Core factors of study in this module are the effects of both New Right morality upon the American socio-cultural landscape, and Ronald Reagan as postmodern president administrating to a 'celluloid America' of his own fantastic imagining. Overall, the module will offer the chance to analyse the tensions and contradictions of the decade as they were played out in both the content and structure of contemporary American film.

AMAS5019A

20

LOOKING AT PICTURES: PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL CULTURE IN THE USA

This module aims to introduce students to strategies and techniques for analysing photographs and, more specifically, uses the visual record to study and illuminate the history of the USA. Viewed here as sites of historical evidence, photographic portraits, family albums, anthropological illustrations, lynching postcards, advertisements, food packaging, fashion photos are just some of the pictures that will be "read" and evaluated. Students will explore how visual texts can contribute to an understanding of nationhood, class, race, sexuality and identity in the USA, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century. Opening sessions will focus on ways of "reading" visual texts. [No previous experience of working with images is necessary]. Most of the semester will be devoted to analysing how photographic images both reflect and contribute to constructions of American identities and culture.

AMAS5024B

20

THEY CAME FROM OUTER-THE-CLOSET: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND PANIC IN AMERICAN FILM AND LITERATURE

With its main focus on the 20th century, this module will explore key moments of change or crisis in the century and consider the ways the panic caused by such changes is distinctly gendered and/or sexualised. It will concurrently examine gender and sexual resistance to dominant ideas of American identity and the subsequent creation and/or promotion of liberationist discourses and alternative communities. Film and literature will provide the focus for this cultural study, and the module will range widely over a number of different genres including the western, sci-fi, detective and LGBT themed works.

AMAS5020B

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

This module provides a broadly chronological view of American poetry from the start of the twentieth century to the present day. It wonders about what the consequences might be if we consider seriously Emerson's claim (made in 1844), that America might be seen as a poem.

AMAL5011B

20

THE BEATS AND THE LIMITS OF WRITING

On this module we will explore Beat literature, tracing its origins in American rebellion and avant-garde experimentation, and the subsequent impact of the Beats on American literature and culture. We will examine how the Beats developed a counterculture which both engaged with and struggled against the limits of writing, identity, and society in mid-century America. Through close readings of texts and a sustained examination of key critical concepts, we will not only develop an understanding of the Beats in context, but also interrogate the limits of Beat literature itself through critical reflection on the tensions of race, gender, and "consensus culture" which surround and inform Beat writing.

AMAL5076A

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLES: THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

This is the second of two modules examining the black freedom struggle in the United States. This module examines the struggle from 1865 to Black Lives Matter. Students will study the political activism of African American figures such as Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune and Angela Davis. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the race, gender and class dimensions of the 'long' civil rights movement, paying specific attention to the activism of black women organisers. Finally, the module will encourage students to think through the diverse and changing nature of the civil rights movement as black activists responded to specific political situations both within the United States and abroad.

AMAH5050B

20

Black Freedom Struggles: Slavery, 1619-1865

The module will follow a chronological sequence, allowing us to trace the course of racial slavery in North America, reflecting on the roots of racism that flourished during the antebellum years and beyond. Through engaging with the developing historiography of slavery in the United States students will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary (then and now) debates concerning race and racial identity as well as American slavery per se

AMAH5043A

20

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this module explores key themes in the history, theorisation, and representation of violence in the United States. In particular, the module will consider America's seemingly "exceptional" relationship with violence.

AMAS6049A

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN GOTHIC

American fiction began in the period of the European Gothic novel, and it is possible to argue, as Leslie Fiedler does in Love and Death in the American Novel, that this has marked American literature ever since. As he put it, 'our fiction is', 'bewilderingly and embarrassingly, a gothic fiction, nonrealistic and negative, sadist and melodramatic -- a literature of darkness and the grotesque in a land of light and affirmation.' Through detailed textual and critical investigations this module looks closer at the meaning of gothic conventions and considers their persisting effects in American fiction.

AMAL6024B

30

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this module explores key themes in the history, theorisation, and representation of violence in the United States. In particular, the module will consider America's seemingly "exceptional" relationship with violence.

AMAS6049A

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this module explores key themes in the history, theorisation, and representation of violence in the United States. In particular, the module will consider America's seemingly "exceptional" relationship with violence.

AMAS6049A

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

NATIVE AMERICAN WRITING AND FILM

This module considers Native American writing and film as sites of cultural and political resistance, analysing the ways in which a diverse range of Native authors, screenwriters and directors within the United States respond to contemporary tribal socio-economic and political conditions. Taking popular ideas of 'the Indian', this module considers the ways in which stereotypes and audience expectations are subverted and challenged. Topics include race and racism, indigeneity, identity, culture, gender, genre, land and notions of 'home', community, dialogue, postcolonial theory in its application to those who remain colonised, and political issues such as human rights and environmental racism.

AMAS6027B

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN GOTHIC

American fiction began in the period of the European Gothic novel, and it is possible to argue, as Leslie Fiedler does in Love and Death in the American Novel, that this has marked American literature ever since. As he put it, 'our fiction is', 'bewilderingly and embarrassingly, a gothic fiction, nonrealistic and negative, sadist and melodramatic -- a literature of darkness and the grotesque in a land of light and affirmation.' Through detailed textual and critical investigations this module looks closer at the meaning of gothic conventions and considers their persisting effects in American fiction.

AMAL6024B

30

AMERICAN VIOLENCE

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this module explores key themes in the history, theorisation, and representation of violence in the United States. In particular, the module will consider America's seemingly "exceptional" relationship with violence.

AMAS6049A

30

GENDER IN AMERICAN CULTURE

The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of the democratic ideals espoused since the American Revolution. Yet, the feminine figure that stands aloft in the New York skyline is also symbolic of discourses of gender: the ideals and expectations shaping men and women's lives as gendered beings. This module will consider how traditional discourses of gender have shaped the identity of Americans and the American nation. Focusing on a wide variety of case studies including debates around the body, citizenship, representations of gender in iconographical form and visual culture, in addition to reflecting on gendered rhetoric in the political arena, the workplace, and institutions such as the military, the module will consider how particular ideals of gender have been articulated in various contexts and how this has informed wider discourses central to the American nation.

AMAS6032B

30

NATIVE AMERICAN WRITING AND FILM

This module considers Native American writing and film as sites of cultural and political resistance, analysing the ways in which a diverse range of Native authors, screenwriters and directors within the United States respond to contemporary tribal socio-economic and political conditions. Taking popular ideas of 'the Indian', this module considers the ways in which stereotypes and audience expectations are subverted and challenged. Topics include race and racism, indigeneity, identity, culture, gender, genre, land and notions of 'home', community, dialogue, postcolonial theory in its application to those who remain colonised, and political issues such as human rights and environmental racism.

AMAS6027B

30

THE AMERICAN BODY

This module reads the changing values, presentations and representations of the body that move through and construct American culture. This module will involve pairing theoretical perspectives with current and historical ideas of the body to allow us to interrogate intellectual and popular meanings assigned to and played out through the body, reading particular moments in American writing, art, photography and popular forms for the things they might tell us about corporality and self presentation, but also about the wider structures of the social and cultural environment. We will engage with canonical debates about race, gender, sexuality and ideas of 'representation', but also with categories that cut across and through these modes of reading - with the normal and the ideal, ideas of illness and wellness, ability and disability, of the organic and the machine, of the body under servitude, or under punishment, and with the whole idea of embodiment in itself. This module - like all other modules at this level - requires a substantial, regular, reading commitment.

AMAS6040A

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

We always welcome applications from mature students and 'non-standard' applicants - (those not coming directly from school or college) - but we usually ask that they have some relevant and recent academic study to prepare them for the demands and challenges of undergraduate work.  By this we mean study at A-Level equivalent standard within the last 3 or 4 years. We would consider an A-Level in an Arts or Humanities subject (a high grade would be required), an Access to Higher Education course (Humanities route) (many local colleges offer these and we would be looking for Distinction and Merit grades (exact requirements are dependent on exactly which programme you apply to as they all have slightly different entry requirements) or some Open University study in a relevant subject area. 

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
•    IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any component)
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

Interviews

Applicants with alternative qualifications are usually invited to attend for interview. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have Mathematics and English at Grade C or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and EU applicants only.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

How to Apply

Applying for Part-Time Degrees

The University of East Anglia offers some of its undergraduate degrees on a part-time basis. Applications are made directly to the University: More information and an application form can be found at our Part-Time Study pages. For further information on the part-time application process, please contact our Admissions Office at admissions@uea.ac.uk.

Each year we hold a series of Open Days, where potential applicants to our Undergraduate courses can come and visit the university to learn more about the courses they are interested in, meet current students and staff and tour our campus. If you decide to apply for a course and are made an offer, you will be invited to a School specific Visit Day. Applicants may be invited for interview or audition for some courses.

For enquiries about the content of the degree or your qualifications please contact Admissions at 01603 591515 or email admissions@uea.ac.uk We can then direct your enquiry to the relevant department to assist you.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515