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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 a multidisciplinary programme the promotes study of the interactions of cultural, social and political factors. it aims to deepen and widen students' knowledge of major topics and issues.

The programme draws on the expertise of UCD faculty across a number of departments, as well as that of the Professor of 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 PoliticsToday. In addition they can select an optional module from other schools with the College.

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non-EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision & Values
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 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.
• 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.
• Students should be able to communicate in 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.
• demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public forums with specialist and non-specialist audiences alike.
• 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.
• learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in a largely autonomous manner.

Entry requirements

• An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in areas such as humanities, politics and social science but not exclusively.
• 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

60

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

Ireland & the US
AMST40250

Research Skills Seminar
AMST40480

Trump's America
AMST40590

American Culture
AMST40600

Stage 1 - Option
Public Diplomacy and Soft Power
AMST40130

Challenges in US Foreign Policy
AMST40310

American Politics Today
AMST40540

Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
ENG41670

American Lyric: Document and Memoir
ENG41840

The American Body
ENG42020

Reading Modern American Hist
HIS42400

Comment

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

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradDip American Studies (Z006) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €6105
nonEU: fee per year - €13270

***Fees are subject to change.
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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