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BA Greek and English Literature (3 Years)

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  • Objectives
    -develop and encourage students' interest in the languages, literature and culture of the classical world, by providing a broadly based and challenging curriculum including course-units that are innovative and stimulating, informed by the research expertise of the teaching staff, and examined by a range of methods of assessment; -advise and suggest course units which best exploit the interactions between the subjects of Greek and English Literature; -enable students to read an ever-growing range of ancient authors in the original, with accuracy, fluency and enjoyment; -provide students with progressive language courses in Greek, starting from elementary, intermediate or advanced level, consolidating any existing knowledge of the language(s) and developing particularly reading knowledge but also some active competence and other language-based and language-related skills; -train students in the methods, techniques and approaches necessary for the critical study of Greek literature, based on extensive reading of classical texts, studied both in the original language(s) and in translation; help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study; -produce graduates with the transferable cognitive skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent; eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79 TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100. A level: Grades ABB-BBB. This must include English. Two AS-levels accepted in place of one A-level. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. If you offer Greek as one of your subjects you will continue your study of this language on programme 1, on the contrary you will begin your study of this language on programme 2. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: English Language at minimum of grade C. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: 33-32 points overall to include 5 or 6 at Higher level in three subjects. See A-levels for subject requirements. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA Greek and English Literature
  • Course description
    Course description
    Joint-honours Greek and English is based on the study of Greek language and literature in each of the three years of study, pursued in parallel to the full range of English studies (options include writings from Middle English, the Renaissance, historical and contemporary English Language, and cultural theory). It is taken by students who begin Greek at University (programme 2) as well as post A-level students (programme 1). Where appropriate, texts for literary and historical course units are studied in Greek. There is a wide range of styles of teaching, including lectures, seminars, small-group tutorials and virtual seminars via the web.

    Course content for year 1
    In your first year you will study the two subject areas equally. In Greek you will study courses in Greek language, Greek literature and either a further Greek literature unit or unit in Latin language or literature. In English you will study three course units from English & American Studies (courses available cover literature, cultural theory, English language, Anglo-Saxon studies and Middle English studies). 

    Course content for year 2
    In the second year you can continue to study the two areas equally or weight your studies toward your preferred subject. You will take further Greek courses covering literature and language as well as two courses from those on offer in English & American Studies. The final two courses can be selected from either subject. 

    Course content for year 3
    Please note that reference to modules is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.  
    In your third year you complete your study of Greek language with a final course unit as well as taking a Greek literature course. In addition you will take two English courses from a selection that covers twentieth-century literature (eg `War and Peace': British Poetry 1900-1923, James Joyce and `Ulysses', Three Modern Dramatists), literature from the Renaissance to 1900 (eg Shakespeare's Political Plays, Eighteenth-Century Poetry, Aesthetes and Decadents), aspects of culture (eg Language and Colonialism, Contemporary British Culture, The Graphic Novel), medieval language and literature (eg Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology, Early English Drama), language studies (eg English Names and Naming, English Dialects) and even creative writing. 

    Finally, you will write a thesis on a classical subject of your choice - the thesis is your chance to carry out your own independent study of the classical past. You may choose to write a double-unit thesis (of 10-12,000 words).

    Career opportunities
    A classical degree (especially one including a language element) opens many doors and is highly prized by employers. We see our graduates take up jobs in museum or gallery management, publishing, the media, the Civil Service, industry, banking, accountancy, retail management and law, as well as teaching.

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