American Studies and Film Studies 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

America has shaped the world in which we live. Film has shaped the ways in which we see it. Find out how through this dynamic combined honours degree America’s cultural and political power in the twentieth century, and its evolving place in the twenty-first, owes much to the power and influence of its movies.

Combined Honours
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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: TP73

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Course Overview

American Studies and Film Studies

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The American Studies and Film Studies degree at Keele allows you to explore the profound and complex history of this nation, alongside the major art form that, for much of the world, both defines and is defined by it. Drawing on the expertise both of Keele’s pioneering American Studies department and its youthful Film programme, this combined honours degree looks at America from a wide range of approaches – political, cultural, geographical, across topics such as slavery, imperialism and presidency – together with in-depth study of cinematic history and theory, from the era of classical Hollywood to contemporary global cinema. Studying America and film from this perspective will enable
you to grasp the contexts and forces that have shaped both the nation and cinema, both in Hollywood and across the world.

What will this mean for my future?

Your degree will provide you with a distinct knowledge base around American history, culture and media, and a set of specific and transferable skills that appeal to employers across diverse elds. You will leave with an ability to research, write and think critically about both the past and today’s world: a strong basis for employment in areas such as curating and museum conservation, journalism, marketing and advertising, or education.

Indicative modules

First year

  • New York, New York: An Introduction to American Culture
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Contemporary America
  • Reading Film
  • Film History and Theory
  • The American Past: Explorations in US History
  • Debates in American Politics

Second year

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s America
  • The Detective and the American City
  • From Modernity to Counter-culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in 20th Century
  • Gender and the Cinematic Gaze
  • Film Texts and Contexts: Contemporary Global Cinema
  • Science Fiction Cinema

Third year

  • Dissertation in American Studies
  • Dissertation in Film Studies
  • Film Noir: The Dark Side of America
  • Words and Pictures: The Contemporary American Graphic Novel
  • Representing the Self, Family and Society on Contemporary British and American Television
  • Contemporary American Fiction