Our first year course is designed to set you up with the skills and confidence you need to get the most from your degree. In our Literary History and Mapping Genres modules you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. You will be taught the basic outlines of historical periodisation and how past events can be interpreted from a range of perspectives to very different effects. And at the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.
In Year 2 you will start to bring together the range of skills learnt in the previous year and to develop your ability to apply these skills creatively to discover your own insights and interpretations and to set these alongside the work of professional scholars and critics. To develop research and essay-writing skills, all students make a special study of a topic, such as Comedy or Gothic, focused on Victorian Literature. Beyond that, you choose the modules that most interest you. You can study Shakespearean drama, or Twentieth-Century Literature, or find out more about the roots of modern literature in the Bible and classical mythology in Roots of Stories, among a range of other option modules. You will continue to analyse key episodes in history, from major historical events, to social and cultural developments, and the role of intellectual history, including investigating how History is communicated to public, rather than academic, audiences. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.
In your final year the research and essaywriting skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing an 8000-word Dissertation on a topic of your choice. The emphasis in this year is on following up the interests you have already developed and exploring topics in more depth, using all the skills and expertise you have already gained. So whether it was the study of a historical or literary period that you liked, or a research project on a specific writer or historical figure, you can work on this with one of our staff who has specialist research expertise relevant to that topic. There are also opportunities to explore new topics in a range of option modules. There is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: