Key features of this course:
- A long, established course that has continually evolved with an excellent staff team of highly-skilled and enthusiastic lecturers who are experienced teachers and published researchers
- An academic course that utilises dynamic, research-informed approaches to teaching and a range of media, communications technology and the internet to develop students’ intellectual and critical faculties
- Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
- Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
- Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills
- Innovative, contemporary and important topics including ‘Green Media’, ‘War’, ‘Democracy and the Media’ and ‘Gender’
- Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities
- Opportunity to study at a partner university abroad
Studied in combination, these subject areas enable you to study English literature in all the immensely varied contexts of its production alongside the media forms and phenomena that simultaneously shape and reflect contemporary culture and society.
English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.
Media & Culture involves more traditional academic study that examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics – and, as a result, identity and human experience. Throughout, you will be addressing some of the hottest topics of our times, from Green Media to Democracy and the Media, from War to Gender. There will be opportunities to explore all forms of media and culture (TV, radio, pop music, sport, social networks) and a multitude of fascinating questions (Why do people the world over listen to rap and hip hop? Should young women dress like Miley Cyrus? How does the news report immigration? Why do people reinvent themselves on Facebook and in Second Life?). You will hone your critical and intellectual faculties in a variety of dynamic and engrossing teaching and learning contexts – contexts in which the media that you use may well be those that you are also studying. Media & Culture also provides you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering; these are designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.
Taught by internationally acknowledged experts and researchers in their fields, in combination, English Literature and Media & Culture provide you with exciting opportunities to study literary and media ‘texts’ both as manifestations of the societies and contexts that have produced them and as active participants in the structuring of individual and collective experience - of how we live.
Both subject areas provide you with opportunities to undertake work experience, supporting you to understand and apply the very broad range of transferable skills and competencies that your learning will develop - and which will support you to progress to an equally broad range of employment and careers once you have graduated. Studying them in combination will be for you if your interests lie in the ways that human beings shape the texts of their lives, and how those texts shape their changing worlds, carry their pasts and point to their futures.
Indicative entry requirements:
104 UCAS Tariff points
The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.
Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration
Full-time or part-time study available
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Dr Tricia Connell
Admissions Tutor, English Literature
Course Administrator, English Literature
Dr Barbara Mitra
Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture
- Course content
What is Literature?
Studying Media and Culture
English Literature Across the Centuries
English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View
Introduction to American Writing
Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Gender and Representation
Introduction to Television
Introduction to New Media
Popular Music and Cultural Change
Media and Culture: Key Concepts
Democracy? The story of an ideal
Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930
The American Short Story
Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760
Literature in English Around the World
Crime and the Media
Gender and Popular Fiction
Work Project Module
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
Media and Social Change
Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
Fantasy and the 1980s
Cities and Fiction
American Writing and the Wilderness
Irish Writing since 1900
Literature in Film Adaptation
What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
Independent Research Project
Extended Independent Research Project
Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
Work Project Module
War, Democracy and the Media
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
Pornography and Modern Culture
Body & Society
Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies.
Throughout the English Literature degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.
Graduates of Media & Culture courses work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration. Furthermore, in a ‘media society’, where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of media and cultural studies courses now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training. With employment sectors including marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector, it is perhaps unsurprising that 'Media Studies' is now identified as one of the top ten degree subjects for producing employable graduates.
- How to apply
Apply through UCAS
English Literature and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - QP33
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