Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) American Studies and English (with a study abroad year)

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 American Studies course are to:
1. Have gained knowledge of the region broadly defined, across a range of disciplines and historical periods
2. Have learned to appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of the Region, and will have gained specialised knowledge in one disciplinary approach.
3. Be able to analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context.
4. Be able to appreciate a range of literary, historical and political traditions and their effects on cultural formations and identities.
5. Have benefited from the educational and cultural experience of a Year Abroad and contributed to the international mission of the University through this aspect of the course.
6. Have developed the intellectual and practical skills needed to learn independently.
7. Be able to communicate and explain what they have learned clearly in written and oral form.
8. Have developed skills that will prepare them for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study.

The aims of the English 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 dismodules.scourses.

Course learning outcomes

Have demonstrated detailed knowledge of and critical engagement with the region broadly defined.

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

Have gained an understanding of the social, cultural, and historical context in which texts are produced and read.

Have gained knowledge of a range of literary and/or historical and/or political texts from different periods, including before 1800.

Have demonstrated awareness of, and ability to use and evaluate a diverse range of relevant information and research resources, including major internet-based resources.

Have demonstrated awareness and understanding of relevant vocabulary of contributory methodologies and theories that are relevant to the Region, and will have the capacity to assess the merits of contrasting approaches.

Be able to recognise, represent, and critically reflect upon ideas and concepts from other cultures.

Have gained specialised knowledge in one disciplinary approach to the region.

Have studied the region through interdisciplinary approaches to the subject area.

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 SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreIntroduction to American Studies (T7044)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
  OptionAmerican Identities (Q3176)154
  American Literature to 1890: Part I (Q3169)154
  Roots of America: From Colonial Settlement to the Civil War and Reconstruction (T7045)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreModern America (T7046)154
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
  OptionAmerican Humour (Q3170)154
  American Literature to 1890: Part II (Q3168)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreTheoretical Concepts for American Studies (T7055)155
  OptionAmerican Cinema B (P3075)155
  American Literature Since 1890: Part I (Q3171)155
  Modernism and Childhood (Q3267)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
  The African American Experience (V3029)155
  Women in America (T7009)155
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Cities: New Orleans (T7047)155
  American Cities: New York (T7048)155
  American Drama (T7056)155
  American Literature Since 1890: Part II (Q3172)155
  American Popular Music (W3075)155
  Primitivism 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: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)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
3Undergraduate Academic YearCoreAmerican Mandatory Year Abroad - American Studies (YRABROAD4)1206
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterOptionCapital Culture: Money, Commerce and Writing (Q3185)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
  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
  Writing Race, Gender, and the Social: Experiments Beyond Representation (Q3199)306
 Spring SemesterOptionDocumentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142)306
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  Research Dissertation (English) (Q3299)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

Course convenors

Natalia Cecire
Senior Lecturer in English & American Literature
T: +44 (0)1273 678966

About your joint honours course

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