Diploma in Arts (American Studies)

Course 319-AM (2008)

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Year and Campus: 2008
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate


Course Overview: The American Studies program is coordinated by the School of Historical Studies, home of one of the leading history programs in Australia. The importance of the United States in the contemporary world and the richness and diversity of American scholarship make American Studies a stimulating and practical choice for many students. The Program provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective on American society, culture, history and politics. Students have the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by studying on location in Boston and New York with the popular subject 131-018 Searching for the American Dream. Students of American Studies are in an excellent position to explore a variety of career pathways that will draw on the analytical and research knowledge gained in American Studies. Students interested in expanding their interests and knowledge in this area are provided with an articulated structure of higher degree options at Melbourne.

American Studies focuses on the historical and contemporary frameworks within which American politics, society and culture has developed. American studies subjects are offered within the disciplines of history, English, art history, cinema studies, political science and the Australian Centre.
Objectives: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA
Course Structure & Available Subjects: Diploma in Arts (American Studies)

The Diploma in Arts (American Studies) is only available to students who are currently enrolled in a degree course at the University of Melbourne. It consists of a three-year sequence of study, and adds one year to the duration of your degree. Students must complete a first year subject and 87.5 points of second/third year American studies subjects below. Alternatively, students who have completed appropriate background studies at first year may complete 100 points of second/third-year subjects from the list below.
Subject Options:

First Year Subjects

Previously was 131-145 USA Today: Society, Culture, Identity

Second/third year subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Entry Requirements: The Diploma in Arts (American Studies) is only available to students who are enrolled in a non-Melbourne Model degree course at the University of Melbourne. Students need to be able to fit a three-year sequence of study alongside their degree to be eligible for the Diploma in Arts.
Core Participation Requirements: The Diploma in Arts requires a standard level of ability across all disciplines. It will be assumed students are able to access and attend classes on a regular basis, are capable of learning in a University environment and will be able to take responsibility for their own learning. Any ability beyond this threshold will be robustly supported through the curriculum. There are no pre-requisites for first year subjects, and any intensive use of IT or technologies will be adequately supported. Certain subjects have more specific requirements and demands, such as fieldwork or travelling, which are clearly outlined in the Handbook's subject description. However, the University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. The Faculty Disability Contact Officer works with students, the University Disability Liaison Unit and teaching staff to assist students with their special requirements, with a particular focus on accommodations for in-class and examination assessment tasks. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability.
Further Study: Arts offers many opportunities for further study. A postgraduate diploma, leading on to a masters degree or PhD, can add vocational and/or research skills to your undergraduate arts degree and increase your employment options. Arts graduates also use postgraduate study to explore in greater depth and detail subjects they found interesting during their undergraduate study or to study a completely new field of knowledge.
Graduate Attributes: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA
Generic Skills: Refer to http://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2008/105-AA

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