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BA English Language and Literature

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  • Objectives
    The English Language and Literature Joint Degree is a new multi-disciplinary programme in which students take modules totalling an equal number of credits in the Department of Applied Linguistics and School of English and American Literature, which has a distinguished record in research and scholarship, and was awarded the highest grade, 5*, in the last Research Assessment Exercise. The programme aims to provide students with subject specific knowledge in English Language and Literature. You can combine the study of language in social contexts equally with the study of language literary texts. Central to the English Language content of this degree is a look at the history of the language, from the Saxon invasions to the development of English as an international lingua franca. In English Literature, you develop a knowledge of a variety of different kinds of literary texts from a range of periods.
  • Entry requirements
    There are different entry qualifications for each programme. Some programmes require you to have a certain amount of knowledge in a subject before you begin the degree programme – this is called a ‘subject requirement’. Other programmes do not have any specific subject requirements. All programmes will, however, expect you to have reached a certain standard in your education and will ask you to achieve certain grades in your examinations. Most programmes have a standard offer so that you know in advance what you are likely to need. Please note that even if you have the minimum entry qualifications, you are not necessarily guaranteed a place on the degree programme.
  • Academic Title
    BA English Language and Literature
  • Course description
    This BA in English Language and Literature involves the following modules.

    Year 1

    -Sounds, Grammar and Meaning
    -English Language and Society
    -Languages of Literature
    -Revisioning Shakespeare
    -What Kind of Text is This?

    Year 2

    -English Grammar
    -English in the World
    -Language Research Project
    -From Saxons to Shakespeare

    -Approaches to Spoken Discourse/ Approaches to Written Discourse/ Sociolinguistics

    -Renaissance Texts & Cultures
    -Chaucer and Medieval Narrative
    -Women's Writing
    -Writing America

    Final Year

    -Literacy in Society and Education
    -English Phonolgy
    -Joint Dissertation
    -Arthurian Literature
    -Detective Fiction
    -Jane Austen & the Courtship Novel
    -Virginia Woolf & Bloomsbury

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