The modules listed on the website for this programme may occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
First-year language modules cover the essentials of English Language for undergraduate study: the technical and conceptual analysis of language (‘Theories of Language’ and ‘Sounds, Structures and Words’) and the key skills in carrying out language research (‘Investigating Language’).
Your Literature modules (‘Poetry’, ‘Prose’ and ‘Plays and Performance’) will introduce you to a range of genres and periods and help you to develop the close reading skills needed to analyse all kinds of texts from medieval plays and early modern poetry to nineteenth-century novels and contemporary drama.
As a key feature of the first year, you will have the opportunity of combining the study of the two disciplines in the module ‘Language for Literature’ which allows you to explore how these disciplines enrich each other.
Details of first year modules
On the Language side you will continue to develop your research skills in the core ‘Research Skills in English Language’ module and will choose two modules from a list of options such as:
- History of the English Language
- English Phonetics and Phonology
- Lexical Semantics
- Discourse Analysis
On the Literature side of your course you will be able to choose between modules in ‘Histories of Literature’, with options such as:
- Chaucer and his Legacy
- Popular Fiction before the Novel
- Songs and Sonnets
- Epic Ambitions
- Stories of the Novel
- Writing the Restoration
- Romantics and Romanticism
- Victorian Literature
- Decadence and the Fin-de-Siècle
- Making it New
- New World Orders
- Twenty-First Century Literature
You will also have the opportunity to engage with Shakespeare’s work in our exciting Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean module taught in collaboration with Birmingham’s world-leading Shakespeare Institute, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, and working closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Alternatively, you will have the option of exploring one of our 'Themes in Literature' modules, from a list such as:
- The Gothic
- Shakespeare’s Sisters
- Transatlantic Literary Relations
- Rude Writing
- The Use of Genre: Nefarious Plots, Cheap Thrills and the Search for Meaning
- Film Genre
- Film Theory and Criticism
Details of second year modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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In your final year you will undertake independent research which will be the culmination of your development as an undergraduate researcher. This can either be a 20 credit Language Investigation and a 20 credit Literature Extended Essay, or you can choose to complete a 40 credit Dissertation in one discipline.
Apart from this, your final year modules are entirely optional. You will choose two Language Special Subjects from a list such as:
- Discourse and Society
- English Language Teaching
- Health and Discourse
- Language and the Mind
- Language, Gender and Identity
- Clinical Linguistics
- Language and New Media
- Exploring Linguistic Diversity
You will choose two Literature Special Subjects from a list such as:
- Contemporary North American Writing
- Fantasy and Fandom; Gossip, Scandal and Celebrity
- Imagining the Digital; Last Year’s Novels
- Literature and the Law
- The Modernist Novel
- Postmodern Historical Fictions
- Remembering World War One
- Victorian Literature and Science
- Bringing Out the Bodies: Technology, Transhumans and Skin
- Utopia and Its Discontents
- Politics and Terror in the Age of Revolutions
- Senses of the Past: Nineteenth-Century Literature and History
- Henry James and Edith Wharton
- Nation and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America
- World Comics
- Suicide Girls: Female Self-Harm in the Late-Nineteenth Century
- New York, New York
- Reading and Popular Culture: Contemporary Book Cultures in North America and UK
- John Donne and the Metaphysical Poets
- The Work of T.S. Eliot
- Viragos, Coquettes and Prudes
- The Birth of English Theatre: from the Mystery plays to Jacobean City Comedy
- Shakespeare's Bodies on the Edge
- Literature in the Age of Evolution
- Visions of London
- The Essay as Form and Function
Details of final year modules
You will have the option to take a year abroad between your second and final years as part of your course at one of our carefully selected partner universities, where we have close personal ties with academic staff and a good knowledge of their programme in English Language. Potential destinations include, but are not limited to, the University of Bari, Italy, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, the University of Melbourne, Australia and the VU Amsterdam, Holland.