Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) English and History

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

1. Study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods.

2. Analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context.

3. Appreciate a range of literary traditions, both dominant and marginal, and their effects on cultural formations and identities.

4. Appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature.

5. Appreciate complexity and variety of language and genre.

6. Relate literary texts to other media and discourses.

7. Develop knowledge and understanding of the human past.

8. Foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.

9. Encourage respect for historical context and evidence.

10. Reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past.

11. Impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history.

12. Satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range.

13. Engage with primary as well as secondary sources.

14. Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline.

15. Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history).

16. Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.

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.

Have developed the historians skills and qualities of mind.

Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth).

Have understood historical process over an extended period.

Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range).

Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources).

Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness).

Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms).

Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing).

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  OptionHistory Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)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
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionPrimitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  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
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
  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 SemesterOptionSpecial 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
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 1 (V1346A)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 1 (V1434A)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 1 (V1348A)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 1 (V1353A)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 1 (V1471A)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 1 (V1400A)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 1 (V1352A)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 1 (V1424A)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 1 (V1460A)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 1 (V1378A)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 1 (V1473A)156
 Spring SemesterOptionAn American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Arts and Community (Q3311)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142D)306
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  On Touch: Critical Theories, Medieval and Modern (Q3200)306
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 2 (V1346B)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 2 (V1434B)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 2 (V1348B)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 2 (V1353B)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 2 (V1471B)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 2 (V1400B)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 2 (V1352B)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 2 (V1424B)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 2 (V1460B)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 2 (V1378B)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 2 (V1473B)156
  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
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

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James Baker
Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities -Digital History/Archives
T: +44 (0)1273 872604

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Pamela Thurschwell
T: +44 (0)1273 678721

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