As the United States is complex, diverse and globally influential, this programme offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skillsto fully evaluate the complexities of the USA. The programme is composed of modules which are typically organised around a theme, for instance the Presidency, African-American Culture, Classical Hollywood, American Gothic, Contemporary Film and the phenomenon of Sex and the City. In such modules, ideas and theories about gender, ethnicity and race, and other forms of identity are used to analyse American culture and to debate political issues. Study in the first full academic year introduces you to the core ideas, such as American national character and the opportunities and challenges of modern multicultural America. The growing focus in the second academic year is historical and cultural America, with a shift towards contemporary America in third academic year. This structure enables you to develop a historical understanding of the USA, which is then drawn on to build a detailed understanding of the US in the contemporary world. There are some core modules but mostly you adopt the themes that are of the most interest to you by choosing from a range of optional modules.