Earn 12 College Credits

As part of the flexible 12 credit MPUK curriculum, you take one course taught by AU professor Jason Rancatore. Your remaining courses are taught by Bath Spa University (BSU) faculty and most are taken with your AU classmates and BSU students.

The following courses are required for MPUK Students:

CORE 105 Complex Problems Seminar
(3 credits)

This required seminar for all students during their first year at American University demonstrates the value of approaching important conceptual problems and social issues from a variety of perspectives, often from multiple disciplines and including multiple voices.
Course counts as an AU Core requirement

WRTG 100 College Writing (3 credits)

Develop essential writing skills for your academic career. This online course is taught by an AU college writing professor based in DC and starts the week of August 27.
Course counts toward the Written Communication and Information Literacy I requirement.

BSU Economics and Globalisation(3 credits)

Provides an introduction to economics and globalization with an emphasis on its applicability to the analysis of contemporary business environment and strategies.
Equivalent to AU ECON-100, this course also meets requirements for certain AU majors.

BSU Elective(3 credits)

To allow you to set a foundation to become an engaged participant in the great conversations that will define the future, the BSU elective course options have been purposefully selected to allow you to learn new topics, alongside other BSU students and under the guidance of a BSU professor. Elective classes begin after arrival in England.

For your BSU elective, you will select one BSU class from the following:

OMO4100-20 - Digital Citizenship

This course transfers to AU as COMM-365.

Digital Citizenship refers to a set of ideas that describe how a person uses computing to participate in society, culture and politics. A digital citizen is not only computer literate, but also capable of communication and collaborating effectively via digital technologies such as the web. They are in tune with the etiquette and laws of mediated communication, and understand how to manage their digital footprint as they negotiate a life online. In short, digital citizenship is about living responsibility in a digital world – a world that is always on, and immeasurably connected. This module uncovers what it means to be a digital citizen. You learn about the safe, legal and ethical use of computing, while assembling a ‘digital toolkit’ that improves your ability to be productive, creative and critical of information presented online.

HIS4000-20 - Europe and the World 1

This course transfers to AU as a HIST-2xx course. This course will satisfy the “Europe” requirement for History majors and minors.

This module introduces you to the study of history at undergraduate level by investigating the history of Europe and its relationship with the rest of the world. It encourages you to ask how we define Europe, whether it is a geographical expression (and if so, what is included) or represents a shared set of ideals, also examining how it has often been defined in opposition to an outside ‘other’ throughout history. It challenges notions of European exceptionalism, exploring instead Europe’s porous and shifting boundaries and the bi-directional influences, as well as conflicts, within and between it and the rest of the world. It introduces you to a broad chronology, from ancient Greece to the eighteenth century, examining key periods that form a framework for further study, also showcasing the specialisms / modules of members of staff. It assumes little or no prior knowledge and aims to offer stimulating and challenging topics that should appeal across a wide range of disciplines, irrespective of prior learning. It also aims to introduce you to a range of historical genres, from political to cultural, social and economic history. Weekly topics are thus partly chronological, but also thematic. Finally, it aims to equip you with the basic transferable analytical, research, writing and presentational skills that you will continue to develop throughout your course.

E4011-20 - Global Development

This course transfers to AU as SISU-240.

A significant proportion of the world’s population live in poverty, population growth rates remain high in developing regions, girls are still less likely to enroll in primary education, over tens of millions of people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, and annual emissions of carbon dioxide continue to increase. This module will help you to understand why these challenges remain a feature of the 21st century.

The module explores and critiques models and theories of development, the wider goals of development and the role of development organisations (such as World Bank and NGOs) at different scales. Also considered are the ways in which global economic structures and flows (e.g. of people, money, goods, resources) impact on peoples in developing countries in economic, socio-cultural and environmental terms.

Processes of capitalism and globalisation will be considered, with reference to population characteristics and migration, communications and other new technologies, trade and aid. Sustainable development is explored in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly issues of resource depletion, social contexts and livelihoods. The module also critiques the historical trends which have resulted in ongoing global inequalities and examines the ways in which individuals and organisations have acted to resist dominant forms of global economy and culture.

Through study and discussion of case-study examples you will gain a greater understanding of the realities of life in developing areas, and an understanding of temporal and spatial differences in poverty and development.

Questioning Society

This course transfers to AU as SOCY-2** for 5 credits.

The study of sociology enables you to make sense of what’s going on in the world and also find out more about who you are. One of sociology’s strengths lies in challenging our ideas and opinions – about what is ‘natural’, what is ‘inevitable’ and what is ‘obvious’ about the world we live in. This module is concerned with questioning ‘common sense’ perceptions of contemporary UK society and the global context in which UK society exists. This will be done by taking contemporary descriptions of UK society and thoroughly questioning the accuracy of these ideas using concepts, theories and research data from sociology.

Sustainability in Life and Work

This course transfers to AU as GEO Elective Credit at the 100 level for 5 credits.

This module is a thematic, multi-disciplinary module exploring sustainability from numerous subject and policy positions. You will gain a better understanding of the environmental arguments to help us further understand how social and economic factors must be brought into the equation when modelling policy and lifestyle choices.

BSU Module Selection Process

For the BSU elective, enrollment will be based on available seats in the module. In the summer, students will submit a list of 3 course selections – ranked in order of preference. BSU will enroll students on a first-come-first-served basis and after BSU degree students are enrolled.

An Introduction to Bath Spa University


Bath Spa University offers pre-degree study, undergraduate degrees and postgraduate degrees, focusing primarily on arts and humanities subjects, supported by a strong outcomes-based provision. Whatever path students wish to follow -- research, enterprise and teaching -- they provide the full range to ensure students can tailor their learning to support their future career direction.