Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
Your first year of study is split equally between your two disciplines (60 credits in each subject). Following this, you have flexible options to alter your balance of study, meaning that you could take 80 credits in one subject and 40 in the other in either or both of years 2 and 3, or stay with the 60/60 balance. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. You can also write a Link Dissertation combining your two subjects in your final year.
You can see more information about the different modules and options on the links below. Within the English side of your programme you can follow either a Literature or a Language pathway.
American and Canadian Studies
In your first year you take three compulsory foundation courses:
- Foundations of American history to 1890
- Foundation of American literature to 1890
- Introduction to Canadian Studies
: Your first year modules will introduce you to many different aspects of language and its use. You will take three compulsory modules: 'English Language: Sounds, Structures, and Words', 'Investigating Language', and 'Theories of Language'. These modules combine to create an excellent foundation for your study and research in subsequent years.
Your first-year modules in Joint Honours English will introduce you to the key genres of English Literature across a wide historical and international span, and train you in new ways of thinking about literature. By studying compulsory modules on 'Poetry', 'Prose' and 'Plays and Performance', you will develop the close reading skills needed to analyse all kinds of texts, from medieval plays and early modern poetry to contemporary drama. You will also develop new understanding of how the historical and cultural contexts in which literature is produced and read can shape its meaning.
American and Canadian Studies
In your second year you take two compulsory modules:
- American History from 1890
- 20th-Century American Literature and Culture
Then depending on the credits you are taking in American and Canadian studies, you have a range of optional modules to choose from, which may include:
- America and the Middle East through Film
- The Emergence of Mass Culture
- Hollywood Cinema
- Literature and Illustration
- The Foundations of African-American Experience
- The Thriller: American Crime Fiction
- The African-American Experience from 1945
- Fantasy Film and Television
- Signing the Screen: Film and Television Authorship
- Terrorism in America: a History
- North American 1920s: Literature and Society
: In your second year you will take two compulsory modules: 'Research Skills in English Language' and 'English Grammar'. If you take more than 40 credits in English you will also have a range of modules to choose from.
: The second year of your degree is an excellent opportunity to build on the new interests and passions that you discovered in your first-year modules. You can choose between modules in 'Histories of Literature' to deepen your knowledge and understanding of all literary periods from medieval to the present day. If you take 80 credits in English you will take the Shakespeare module - 'Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean' - as a compulsory module.
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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American and Canadian Studies
: In your final year modules are all optional and you can choose from a wide range. You will also have the opportunity to complete either an extended essay on a research topic of your choice, or some of your credits will be taken up as part of a ‘link’ Dissertation between your two disciplines.
- Dissertation or
- Audio-Visual Dissertation (alternative to Dissertation)
If you wish to do 40, 60 or 80 credits in American and Canadian Studies you will also take one, two or three optional modules which may include:
- Aesthetics of Television
- CIA US Foreign Policy and International Relations since 1945
- Contemporary American and European Cinema: Dialogues and Discourses
- Death and the moving image
- Nation and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America
- New York, New York
- Reading and popular culture: contemporary book cultures in North America and UK
- US Foreign Policy and Terrorism
- American Woman since 1945
- Cold War and Film
- Contemporary North American Writing
- New media, social media and politics
- Postcolonial Film
- Postmodern Historical Fictions
- Visualising C19th Networks
: Your final year modules are mainly optional and you can choose from a wide range of modules. If you will take 80 credits in English, you will complete either a Dissertation or Language Investigation, the culmination of your development as an undergraduate researcher.
: Depending on whether you elect to take 80, 60 or 40 credits in English Literature, you will take a number of the Special Subject modules plus either a 12,000-word Dissertation or a 6,000-word Extended Essay on a subject of your choice, for which you will be supervised by an expert in the field.