AMST40590 Trump's America

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module examines the political and cultural significance of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, and considers the first 3 years of his administration. It will explore a range of issues surrounding the election and the early administration of President Trump. Each student will have an opportunity to present a commentary on a selected topic.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will learn about key ideas and arguments attending the election and early administration of President Trump. The course will develop students abilities to analyse contemporary American politics, culture and media in a critically informed way. Discussions and essay preparation will aid students in developing further skills in researching, oral communication of ideas, textual/visual analysis and critical interpretation

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics include:
immigration and borders;
race and the cities;
fake news and politics in the new media age;
Brexit and transatlantic relations;
white nationalism and identity politics;
narratives of decline.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
seminar discussion based on assigned readings

each student will do a formal presentation 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: 15 minute presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Essay: 5000 words Unspecified n/a Graded Yes


Continuous Assessment: Participation in in-class activities including individual and group presentations; debates; and other activities. The total number of unexcused absences will also affect this grade component. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

feedback provided both pre- and post-assessment

Name Role
Mr James Doran Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 10:00 - 11:50