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American Studies

American Studies covers not just the US but the whole of the American continent, from Canada to Chile. It offers an investigation into the world’s most powerful nation and a variety of different cultures.

Papers in American Studies will inform you about the cultures, the history, the literature and the politics of the countries that make up the Americas.

American Studies is an interdisciplinary programme combining papers from four areas:

  • English, Music, Screen and Media Studies, Theatre Studies
  • History
  • Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology
  • Latin America

American Studies at Waikato may be taken as a supporting subject, and papers work well with majors in Political Science, History, English, Screen and Media Studies, International Languages and Cultures, Economics, Law and Management.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MEDIA101Media, Culture and Society18B (Hamilton)
Do you ever pause to reflect on the media content that you engage with on a daily basis? Your product choices (e.g smartphones), or practices (e.g. googling)? Or how particular media structures are shaping our lives? In this paper students learn to understand the importance of developing a critical perspective on who owns and contr...

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENGL390Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
GEOG323Colonial Treaties and Tribal Lands: Comparative Studies18B (Hamilton)
A review of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impact of European colonisation on Maori land tenure systems, with comparative studies of treaty issues and indigenous land rights in North America and the Pacific.
HIST316Birth of the United States18B (Hamilton)
A study of the causes, course and consequences of the American Revolution.
HIST390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Admission to this paper is by invitation only and at the discretion of the Programme Convenor.
POLS316Latin American PoliticsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SPAN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to carry out an individual research project. Admission to this paper is at the discretion of the Convenor of Spanish.

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American Studies is available as a supporting subject for the BA. American Studies may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. It is recommended that students intending to complete a supporting subject in American Studies include HIST105 in the first year of their programme of study.



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