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American Studies

Due to the United States' unrivalled status in the world today, the debates on American values and the mission of American democracy have become a matter of global concern. This programme introduces students to advanced study of American culture and politics, in both domestic and international contexts.

-This is multidisciplinary programme that promotes study of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors. It aims to deepen and widen students' knowledge of major topics and issues as well as to enable them to develop a significant measure of expertise in the subject chosen for the thesis.
-The MA programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor American Studies and the contribution of visiting scholars .
-Students can expect to take modules such as: American Political Tradition, American Culture, America and Globalisation, American Politics Today. In addition they can select an optional module from other schools within the College. In addition they will complete a thesis 12,000 - 15,000 words
-The programme is available on a full time or part time basis

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision & Values Statement
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students, both individually and as part of a group, to think critically about the United States and the ways in which its role in the world is changing. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as seminar discussions, one-on-one advising, short and long writing assignments, small group activities, presentations, and internships.

Programme Outcomes:
- Students should be able to communicate in interdisciplinary, academic language about the interactions of cultural, social and political factors in the United States at home and abroad.
-apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
-develop sophisticated judgments about the United States and ways in which its role in the world is changing.
-display an understanding of interdisciplinary modes of study.
-demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public forums with specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.
-learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in a largely autonomous manner.
-develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in areas such as humanities, politics, social science but not exculsively. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person). And maybe asked for additional material

Applicants whose first language is not English must normally demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

1 year full-time

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

American Studies graduates have knowledge of American history, culture and politics, making them attractive to multinational companies and national organisations who have extensive relationships with the US. The programme will also interest those wishing to prepare for advanced research in this area.

Students who have undertaken this programme now work in a variety of areas including Communications, Public relations, Journalism, Research, Teaching, Law.

Employers include: AIB, Google, NYC Department of Education, Western Union, Certus, International Student Card, Johns Hopkins University.

Further enquiries

Catherine Carey
Tel: +353(0)1 716 1560

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

America and Globalisation AMST40010
Minor Thesis AMST40050
Ireland & the US AMST40250
The American Political Traditi AMST40290
American Culture AMST40420
American Politics Today (L4) AMST40460
Research Skills Seminar AMST40480

Stage 1 - Option

Nineteenth-Century American Writing ENG40880
American Theatre: Structures & Strategies ENG40900
Contemporary American Writing ENG41670
American Lyric: Document and Memoir ENG41840
Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling FS40240
Stardom, Celebrity & Media Culture FS40270
The Idea of America: US Foreign Policy Since 1945 HIS41000
FDR and the Birth of the Modern America HIS42300

Comment

This programme will interest those seeking critical understanding of the United States and its role in the world.

Application date

MA American Studies FT (Z043) Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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