Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) English and Art 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 that on completion of the course the successful student should:

1. Have studied literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods, and obtained an understanding of visual cultures in different periods and places.

2. Have analysed the production, consumption and reception of texts and images within their historical, national and cultural contexts.

3. Appreciate and understand the range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature and art historical artefacts.

4. Relate literary texts and visual sources to other media and discourses, both in English and other European cultures.

5. Have engaged in an interdisciplinary exploration of European intellectual and visual culture.

6. Have engaged with concepts of cultural identity and difference in relation to English and other European identities.

7. Have engaged with the relationship between text and image.

8. Be able to reflect upon and develop their capacity to learn independently.

9. Develop students' enthusiasm for and knowledge and understanding of visual cultures in different periods and places.

10. Ensure students' sensitivity to the diversity of approaches to the discipline.

11. Provide access to high-level research- led specialist teaching at appropriate points in the curriculum.

12. Enable students to reflect upon and develop their capacity to learn independently.

13. Provide preparation for employment and/or further study.

14. Encourage an interest in and a commitment to interdisciplinarity.

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 a broad and comparative knowledge and understanding of art history in more than one geographic region and chronological period

Have a more concentrated and systematic knowledge of one or more of the above

Have skills of visual literacy and the ability to relate unfamiliar artefacts and contexts to those that are more familiar

Have an understanding of the material nature of artefacts

Be able to set artefacts within their social and historical context

Be able to engage critically with historiographic material relevant to the discipline and be aware of new developments in the discipline

Be aware of the institutional structures that have influenced and continue to influence production, consumption and display of artefacts

Be aware of the visual dimensions of cultural diversity

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
  CoreStories of Art I: Shaping Art (V4041)304
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
  CoreStories of Art II: Making Modernity (V4139)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreReading Art History: Critical Texts (V3020)155
  OptionPeriod 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
  Picasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118A)155
  Statues to Saints: The Art of Late Antiquity (V4014A)155
 Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreArt and the City (V4048)305
 Spring SemesterOptionPicasso to Kahlo: Transatlantic Dialogues (V4118B)155
  Pop Life: After Modern Art (V4134B)155
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Selling yourself: 18th Century Art and Society (V4130B)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
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Victorian Visions: Art, Industry, Modernity (V4013B)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionInhuman Bondage: the Image of Slavery 1750-1850 (V4131)306
  Mediterranean Fantasies: Revivals and Utopias, 1919-1939 (V4157)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
  The Golden State: Art in California, 1945-1981 (V4159)306
  The Order of Things: The Museum and its Objects (V4137A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAn American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Art and Letters: Visual Culture in its Literary Contexts (V4111)306
  Art and Place: Sites, Spaces and Identities (V4158)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
  Representing Women (V4023)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
  The World Encompassed: Art and Empire (V4003)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

Photo of Catherine Packham

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

Francesco Ventrella
Lecturer in Art History
T: +44 (0)1273 873145

About your joint honours course

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