Topics And Methods In American Studies (Core Course B) HIST5066
Academic Session: 2013-14
School: School of Humanities
Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
Available to Visiting Students: Yes
This course is based around the Hook Centre's series of visiting speakers - who are all leading national (and sometimes international) figures in American Studies. Students keep a notebook detailing their developing understanding of, and reflections upon, American Studies as an academic discipline throughout this series. They produce an essay at the end of the module, as well as participating fully in occasional seminars to discuss themes and issues raised by the series and to reflect upon these in light of readings of some 'classic' texts in American Studies.
- one individual tutorial with the instructor to discuss the journals
- two seminar meetings for oral presentation and discussion of the review essays.
Requirements of Entry
The essay assignment consists of a journal, kept during the first and second semesters, featuring a critical evaluation of the presentations and lectures in the American Studies lecture series. The series will normally feature approximately 10 such lectures and presentations, and students will be required to submit journal entries of approximately 1,000 words each for at least 6 of these. Guidelines will be provided, and students will receive critical feedback on their 1st two entries. This assignment is intended to train students in the evaluation of different disciplinary approaches, as well as hone their appreciation and understanding of presentation skills.
The oral presentation will be of preliminary bibliographic research for the master's thesis, and will provide an opportunity for students to present a provisional thesis outline, and discuss their subject, approach and sources, with their fellow students and American Studies staff. Guidance will be provided on what will be expeceted, and students will meet individually with the course convenor as they prepare for this assignment.
Main Assessment In: April/May