Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) English Language and Literature

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

For English:

To enable the successful student to

- study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods
- analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context
- appreciate a range of literary traditions, both dominant and marginal, and their effects on cultural formations and identities
- appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature
- appreciate complexity and variety of language and genre and relate literary texts to other media and discourses

For English Language:

All courses in English Language have as their goals: that students should (1) show adequate factual knowledge about the English language and adequate ability to perform linguistic analysis on English material; (2) show adequate ability to make standard graphic representations of English-language data; (3) show adequate knowledge of how the social and cultural contexts in which English has developed have affected the language; (4) show adequate knowledge of how the social and cultural contexts in which English is currently used continue to affect it; (5) show adequate ability to present in writing, and where relevant orally, (a) reasoned argument, (b) technical analysis, and (c) the outcome of in-depth investigation of an agreed topic. The topic selected will reflect the nature of the joint major and so will necessitate an interdisciplinary approach to an area of research relating English Language and English Literature.

Course learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and use of regional, social and historical varieties of English, and of the relationship between English and other languages.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the internal structure of comtemporary English and some of the main ways of analysing English text and discourse.

Reflect critically on some of the main theories and fields of investigation concerning the broader human language faculty, such as the acquisition and mental representation of language.

Apprehend the role of English within the broader field of communication, including its role in constructing individual and group identities, and its role in a variety of public contexts such as education, politics and the media.

Demonstrate the ability to formulate a hypothesis, gather evidence and construct an acceptable argument within the study of English Language, including adequate knowledge and understanding of the metalanguage and formal terminology appropriate for the discipline.

Recognise the multi-faceted nature of the discipline and of its complex relationship to other disciplines.

Demonstrate competence in the planning and execution of presentations, essays and other formal writing.

Demonstrate the ability to recognise problems and to develop problem-solving strategies.

Demonstrate the ability to abstract and synthesise information, and to organise the results appropriately.

Demonstrate the ability to draft and redraft texts to achieve clarity of expression and exposition, and to produce a register and style appropriate to the context.

Demonstrate the ability to assess the merits and demerits of contrasting theories and explanations.

Demonstrate the ability to think and reason critically, to evaluate evidence and argumentation, and to form a critical judgement of one's own work as well as the work of others.

Demonstrate the ability to acquire complex data and information of diverse kinds from a variety of sources including libraries, the internet, corpora, independent fieldwork and data collection.

Demonstrate bibliographical skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of professional and scholarly work.

Demonstrate skills in accessing and manipulating data electronically, as well as broad familiarity with information technology resources.

Demonstrate effective time management and organisational skills, including the ability to work to a deadline and to handle a number of projects simultaneously.

Demonstrate rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written.

Demonstrate the ability to work with and in relation to others through the presentation of ideas and information and the collective negotiation of solutions.

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.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreApproaches to Meaning (Q1029)304
  CoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreInvestigating Language in Context (Q1076)154
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
  CoreStructure of English (Q1083)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterOptionEnglish in the United States (Q1087)155
  Great Ideas about Language (Q1084)155
  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
  Pidgins and Creoles (Q1086)155
  Regional Variation in English (Q1081)155
 Spring SemesterOptionApproaches to Discourse (Q1082)155
  Child Language Acquisition (Q1079)155
  History of English (Q1077B)155
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century (Q3097)155
  Social Variation in English (Q1078)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
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionResearch Proposal (English Language) (Q3154)306
  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
  Topics in Discourse and Communication (Q3301)306
  Topics in Language Variation and Change (Q3302)306
  Topics in Linguistic Analysis (Q3303)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAn American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Arts and Community (Q3311)306
  Child Language Acquisition (Q1079)156
  Contemporary Stylistics: The discourse of film and drama (Q3152)155
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142D)306
  English in the United States (Q1087)155
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  Forensic Linguistics (Q1085)156
  History of English (Q1077B)155
  Language and Gender (Q3158)155
  Linguistic Typology (Q3157)155
  On Touch: Critical Theories, Medieval and Modern (Q3200)306
  Phonology (Q3163)155
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  Regional Variation in English (Q1081)155
  Research Dissertation (English Language) (Q3155)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Semantics (Q3161)155
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  Technologies of Capture: Photography and Nineteenth Century Literature (Q3192)306
  The Discourse of Social and Personal Identity (Q3151)155
  The Literatures of Africa (Q3079)306
  The Uncanny (Q3051)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

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Lynne Cahill
Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
T: +44 (0)1273 678975

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Helen Tyson
Lecturer in 20th and 21st Century British Literature
T: +44 (0)1273 877647

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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