Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) English and Media Studies

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

To enable the successful student:

to study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods;

to appreciate a range of literary traditions, both dominant and marginal, and their effects on cultural formation and identities;

to appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature and the media;

to relate literary texts to those of other media;

to examine media texts, their historical development and their position as economic and political institutions

Course learning outcomes

Demonstrate competence in the close reading, description and analysis of literary texts.

Distinguish generic literary conventions and describe their importance for the shaping of meaning.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive characters and histories of texts written in the principal genres of poetry, fiction and drama.

Understand the influence on literature and on literary theory of cultural norms, historical circumstances, discourses of authorship and modes of textual production.

Structure and develop an argument in clear prose and demonstrate command of a broad range of critical vocabulary and critical concepts.

Reflect critically on the relationships between literature and other media including film.

Apprehend the range and diversity of global literature in English.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of literature in English from different periods, including literature from before 1800.

Use bibliographic and referencing skills appropriate to the discipline and in conformity with professional conventions.

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills through participation in seminars and/or in group presentations or through other media as appropriate.

Adopt a critical, interdisciplinary and creative perspective on media, communication and culture that synthesizes a range of traditions and approaches

Demonstrate an understanding of forms and practices of media, culture and communication, and how they organise understanding, feelings and meaning

Demonstrate an understanding of how factors such as class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability and sexuality affect media representations and cultural practices

Demonstrate an ability to analyse media and communication forms in terms of production, text and consumption

Demonstrate an ability to articulate the significance of media and communications in shaping political and personal experience

Demonstrate an ability to develop research and formulate critical questions in relation to the field

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of a problem-solving approach

Demonstrate skills in research, project design, presentation, teamwork, independent work, and time and information management

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreQuestioning the Media A (P4006)304
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreDebates in Media Studies A (P4061)304
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreNews, Politics and Power A (P4080)305
  OptionClass and Popular Culture (P4109)306
  Globalisation and Communication (P4114)156
  Period of Literature: 1500-1625 (Q3131)305
  Period of Literature: 1625-1750 (Q3133)305
  Period of Literature: 1750-1880 (Q3135)305
  Period of Literature: 1860-1945 (Q3137)305
  Social Media and Critical Practice (P4113)156
  Sound, Culture & Society B (P4084)155
  The Politics of Representation (P4112)156
 Spring SemesterOptionAdvertising and Social Change B (P3080)155
  American Drama (T7056)155
  Digital Cultures B (P3067)155
  Journalism in Crisis B (P3074)155
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  Researching Media and Communication (P5016)305
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century (Q3097)155
  Staging the Renaissance: Shakespeare (Q3059)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  The Novel (Q3060)305
  Transatlantic Rhetoric: Public Speech and Anglo-American Writing 1750-1900 (Q3187)155
  TV: Fictions and Entertainments B (P3068)155
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionCelebrity, Media and Culture (P5014)306
  Cities, Capital, Culture (P5039)306
  Consuming Passions (V3036)306
  Globalisation and Communication (P4114)156
  Media and Communications Dissertation Preparation (P5018)156
  Revolutionary Media (P5040)306
  Social Media and Critical Practice (P4113)156
  Special Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Q3080)306
  Special Author: Mary Wollstonecraft (Q3183)306
  Special Author: Salman Rushdie (Q3046)306
  Special Author: Samuel Beckett (Q3021)306
  Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023)306
  Special Author: Vladimir Nabokov (Q3195)306
  The Politics of Representation (P4112)156
 Spring SemesterOptionAn American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Arts and Community (Q3311)306
  Digital Industries and Internet Cultures (P4102)306
  Documentary, Reality TV and 'Real Lives' (P4041)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142D)306
  Everyday Life and Technology (P3020)306
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  Media, Publics and Protest (P4016)306
  Media and Communications Dissertation (P4121)306
  On Touch: Critical Theories, Medieval and Modern (Q3200)306
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  Technologies of Capture: Photography and Nineteenth Century Literature (Q3192)306
  The Literatures of Africa (Q3079)306
  The Uncanny (Q3051)306
  Urban Multiculture: postcolonialism, performance, sound and the city (P4101)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

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Peter Boxall
Professor of English
T: +44 (0)1273 678719

Sarah Maltby
Professor of Media & Communication
T: +44 (0)1273 877855

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Catherine Packham
Reader in English
T: +44 (0)1273 873953

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

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