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United States Studies: History and Politics MA
Students will develop analytic and critical perspectives in multidisciplinary aspects of US history, politics, cultural studies and international relations, depending on their chosen areas of specialisation. They will gain key research skills, enhance their capacity for oral and written presentation, and develop their knowledge of up-to-date scholarship and theoretical/conceptual debates in United States studies.
Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of one core module (15 credit), five one-term (15 credit) option modules - or equivalent if a two-term (30 credit) module is selected (75 credits in total), and the research dissertation (90 credits). All core and option modules are 15 credits.
- AMERG003: Case Study in Foreign Policy
- AMERG009: Politics of US Foreign Policy (not available 2012-13)
- AMERG011: Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy
- AMERG016: The Rise of the Sunbelt since 1945
- AMERG017: US Economic Policy: From the New Deal to Obama
- AMERG018: US Presidents and the Presidency
- AMERG033: African Americans and the Struggle for Civil Rights
- AMERG034: The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics, and Society
- AMERG037: Environmental Issues, Movements and Policies in the Americas
- AMERGTBC: In Uncle Sam's Shadow: Canada and the Americas since 1898
- AMERGTBC: International Politics of Latin America
- HISTG082: The Origins of the American Civil War (not available 2013-14)
- HISTG086: The United States and the World, 1776-1900
Students may select up to 30 credits from the following approved
postgraduate modules offered by other UCL departments, or externally at
ENGLGF07: Crime Scenes
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective I: Historical Roots - Queen Mary, University of London (not running in 2012-13)
- The Americas in Comparative Perspective II: Contemporary Politics and Society - Queen Mary, University of London
Some options may not be available every year.
All students write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a research topic of their choice linked to the subject area of one of their taught modules.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures, presentations, research skills training, independent reading and research. Assessment is through written assignments (which may include essays, term papers, analytical exercises and closed book examinations, depending on selected options), group and seminar presentations, and the dissertation.