Fundamentals of US Studies


This unit of study is not available in 2019

This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of American history, politics, economics, society and culture. It examines the interplay of major themes, subjects, and ideas from these spheres, and will provide students with the foundation for understanding and analysing contemporary America. Designed to prepare both recent and returning students for postgraduate US Studies, the unit consists of lecture content and interactive group work organised around scholarly readings with consistent themes. The unit will make use of online delivery, distributing lectures ahead of seminars and saving class time for interactive group projects.


Taught in weeks 1-3 of Semester 1, 2018
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 3 x 3 hour intensive classes
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“The program helped me in my roles advising NSW premiers and treasurers in international policy and sustainability, and also helped give me the confidence to achieve my goals in the workplace. The friendships and contacts I made in the Master’s program have continued well into graduation.” Matt Cross, Master of US Studies


20% class participation including journal
40% learning portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words)
40% research essay (3000 words)

Other courses that offer this unit of study

  • Graduate Certificate in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in International Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Policy
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Security
  • Master of International Studies
  • Master of Public Policy

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