Units & Timetables 


The US Studies postgraduate program is designed to suit each student's professional and intellectual interests.

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If you would like to apply for cross-institutional study, you can do so through the cross-institutional study application process.

If you would like to apply for non-award study, i.e. undertake one or more units of study for interest that will not count towards a degree, you can do so through the non-degree application process.

 


Compulsory Core Unit

Master of US Studies students must complete the following compulsory core unit:


Core Units

Master of US Studies students must choose at least three additional core units from the following list:

  • USSC6902 US Politics: Presidency and Congress (S1)
  • USSC6903 US Foreign & National Security Policy (S2)
  • USSC6905 US Economic Policy and Regulation (S2)
  • USSC6906 US Constitution (S1)
  • USSC6907 American Exceptionalism (S1)
  • USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture
  • USSC6920 US Media: Politics, Culture, Technology (Winter session)

Electives

Electives offered by the US Studies Centre:

  • GOVT6359 US–China Relations (S1)
  • USSC6915 NEW IN 2015! Contemporary American Media (S2) 
  • USSC6916 Research Essay in US Studies (S1 or S2)
  • USSC6919 American Film & Hollywood (S1)

Electives offered by other University of Sydney departments (follow the links for up to date information about these units):

  • ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates*
    * Designed for international students
  • CISS6001 New Security Challenges
  • CISS6008 Population & Security
  • EDPK5003 Developing a Research Project
  • FINC6013 International Business Finance
  • IBUS6001 International Business Strategy
  • IBUS6002 Cross-Cultural Management
  • IBUS6016 Social Entrepreneurship
  • MECO6906 Literary Journalism: History and Theory
  • MKTG6013 International & Global Marketing
  • WMST6903 Gender, Media & Consumer Societies

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Unit Descriptions

GOVT6359 US-China Relations

Regarded by many as the most significant bilateral relationship in the world, this unit will introduce students to the dynamics of United States–China relations. Students will be given an overview of the history of US–China relations to deepen their understanding of the strategic thinking and policymaking of both China and the United States. This unit is taught jointly with the Department of Government and International Relations.

Taught in Semester 1, 2015 by Jingdong Yuan and Linda Jakobson.


USSC6901 Fundamentals of US Studies

This unit introduces students to the foundations of American politics, economics, society and culture, examining the interplay of major actors and ideas from these spheres. It will familiarise students with the variegated landscape of America through analysing contemporary issues using interactive approaches to learning. Students will survey how America's political framework either engages with or impedes social and economic actors and how these dynamics are reflected in and supported or undermined by the media and artistic expression.

Taught first three weeks of Semester 1, 2015.


USSC6902 US Politics: Presidency and Congress

Providing a comprehensive understanding of American domestic politics, this unit explores the US system of government in detail and the ideas that underlie it. It will also examine the relationship between the President and the Congress, as well as presidential elections, and domestic issues such as race, inequality, law and order, and immigration policy.

Taught intensively in Semester 1, 2015.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of International Studies, Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Administration.


USSC6903 US Foreign and National Security Policy

How is US foreign and security policy formulated and implemented? This unit also considers a range of US foreign policy challenges, such as alliance management, terrorism, global warming, relations with rivals and international organisations, and when the US should intervene into the affairs of other states.

Taught in Semester 2, 2015 by Dr Sarah Graham.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of International Studies, Master of International Security, Master of Public Policy, Master of Peace & Conflict Studies and Master of Public Administration.


USSC6905 US Economic Policy and Regulation

Economic and regulatory policies play a huge role in determining business conditions and social relations in the United States. This unit will explore how economic policies impact on issues such as innovation, employment, gender equality, education, productivity, competition, and social mobility.

Taught in Semester 2, 2015.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of Commerce, Master of International Business and Master of Public Policy.


USSC6906 US Constitution

Focusing on a document that remains an important part of contemporary life, this unit will take a detailed look at the US Constitution and features debates about its meaning, its limits, and its contemporary interpretations.

Taught in Semester 1, 2015 by Dr Harry Melkonian.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of International Studies and Master of Public Administration.


USSC6907 American Exceptionalism

The American belief in the nation’s exceptionalism has influenced many aspects of society, politics, and foreign policy in the United States since the arrival of the first European colonists. To what extent, if any, is the United States of America an exceptional nation?

Taught in Semester 1, 2015 by Professor Ian Tyrrell.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of International Security, Master of Peace & Conflict Studies and Master of Public Administration.

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USSC6914 Key Issues in American Culture

Week-by-week, students will be asked to examine defining moments in US cultural history and look at its impact on the American psyche. Blending written texts with works of visual art and elements of high and ‘low’ culture, the unit explores conflict and innovation in US culture.

Taught in Semester 1, 2015 by Dr Aaron Nyerges.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of Public Policy.


USSC6915 Contemporary American Media

Covering the diversity of forms, texts, and practises that define contemporary American media, this unit examines the press, advertising, television, music, gaming, internet culture, and more to engage with the pressing cultural and political issues facing the US and the world.

Taught intensively in Semester 2, 2015 by Dr Jane Park.


USSC6916 Research Essay in US Studies

Note: Available to Master of US Studies candidates only.

Students undertake a research essay of 6000 words on an approved topic under the guidance of a supervisor from the Centre. The essay involves deeper study of a previously covered subject and offers an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and research skills in an area about which they are passionate.

For more information please contact brendon.oconnor@sydney.edu.au.


USSC6919 American Film and Hollywood

This unit explores the aesthetic, political, and cultural formation of the Hollywood studio system and its aftermath. From the 1920s to today, the unit explores the complex history of American cinema and charts the rise of artistic independence and political radicalism in film.

Taught in Semester 1, 2015 by Dr Bruce Isaacs.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of Cultural Studies.


USSC6920 US Media: Politics, Culture, Technology

Focusing on media coverage of political campaigns and politics in America, the unit gives insight into the role of media in shaping American society. The unit also examines contemporary debates about the changing nature of American journalism and the future of the media industry in the US.

Taught in the Winter session 2015 by John Barron.

This unit of study is cross-listed with the Master of Media Practice, Master of Cultural Studies and Master of Peace & Conflict Studies.

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