American Studies and Politics at Winchester addresses the diversity of American culture alongside the contentious political issues that define the contemporary world order. Half of the programme uses American Studies perspectives, which typically organise knowledge around a theme. Ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity are used to analyse American culture and to debate issues. Study in first academic year introduces you to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. After this the growing focus is cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America. The other half of the programme provides you with the historical and theoretical knowledge to understand the key political conflicts and ideas that have defined the contemporary world. In subsequent years, you choose from modules covering specific aspects of US politics and a wide range of contemporary issues.