1 x 7-week industry placement per semester
1 1 of AMST1002, GOVT2005
2 2 of AMST2002, AMST3013, POLI1003, AMST3015, GOVT1003, GOVT1001
2a GOVT1004 - Foundations in Political Systems and Institutions
Must Satisfy: (1 and (2 or 2a))
Other requirements
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Enrolment not permitted
AMST7013 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
This topic assumes the knowledge that would be gained from the completion of a major in American Studies
Course context
American Studies (Honours)
Topic description
This topic consists of a seven-week placement in January and February in Washington DC in an institution of American national government. Placements will generally be in the legislative, executive or judicial branches of the US national government. While in Washington, students will pursue a project of interest to the internship provider and the student. This project will form the core of the assessment package attached to the topic, and there will be extensive consultation to ensure that the project can lead to an honours paper on return. The preferred approach will be one that is linked to the student's thesis project in some form.

There will normally be a quota of 6 students shared between this topic and AMST3016. Admission to this topic is not automatic: formal application is required. Admission will depend on honours eligibility and on academic performance in the prerequisite American Studies topics.
Educational aims
  1. Introduce students to the operations of the US political system by work experience in a Congressional or associated office in Washington DC
  2. Balance their theoretical knowledge of US politics by observing how policies are formulated in practice
  3. Develop an understanding of the various pressures that shape the policies of working politicians and administrators
  4. Sharpen their research and reporting skills through working on applied projects as part of their involvement in the workings of their office
  5. Further develop students' ability to work independently and engage in self-directed learning
  6. Further develop students' research and analysis skills
  7. Further enhance students' abilities to communicate their knowledge in both oral and written form at a standard appropriate to the Honours level
Expected learning outcomes
  1. Understand the specific characteristics of the work done by the office or unit to which they were assigned
  2. Provide an oral report on a project chosen for further study and arising from the experience gained in the placement
  3. Complete a 6000-word honours level paper based on that project
  4. Demonstrate a high level of competence in the skills of comprehension, oral presentation, and scholarly writing
  5. Demonstrate a scholarly approach to research materials, the ability to engage in thoughtful analysis, and the ability to synthesize a range of materials and ideas into a coherent argument
  6. Apply their knowledge in various forms of assessment