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English Literature and History BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • A long, established course that has continually evolved with an excellent staff team of highly-skilled and enthusiastic lecturers who are experienced teachers and published researchers
  • Study diverse literatures emanating from the sixteenth through to the twenty-first centuries – and encompassing both ‘canonical’ and ‘marginal’ texts
  • Opportunities to play an active role in local and regional literature festivals, related events and a work project module
  • Strong emphasis on the development of advanced literacy and communication skills
  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador
  • The History assessment is mostly by coursework and designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for English Literature and History.

In combination, these subject areas enable you to explore English literature in some of the immensely varied contexts of its production alongside investigating different types of history across a very broad range of periods. As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a deliberately wide-ranging approach. Alternatively however, you can hone and focus in on particular topics, creating opportunities to develop extended projects that bring your own interests in both subjects closer together.

English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Each subject area provides you with opportunities to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research in aspects of English literature and history. Academics’ research interests in English literature range from investigating the political purposes of Hamlet in translation, to exploration of Buddhist American poetry, to changing attitudes to children’s health as reflected in children’s literature. In history, amongst many others, they include the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2. Both offer their undergraduates lively subject cultures and numerous extra-curricular events, from readings by visiting poets (including the Poet Laureate in 2014), to seminars on Worcester and the English Civil War, to opportunities to get involved in staging national academic conferences (the 2014 Women’s History Network Conference, for example).

Both also aim to support your understanding of the range of opportunities that could be available to you on graduation. To this end, you can undertake work placements, explore opportunities for postgraduate study and investigate, with those who are already working in them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries and other sectors in which English literature and History graduates find work.

Factfile

Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend for interview and to provide a portfolio and a piece of written work for consideration


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Tricia Connell
Admissions Tutor, English Literature
01905 855293
t.connell@worc.ac.uk

Joanne Henderson
Course Administrator
j.henderson@worc.ac.uk
01905 542417      

Neil Fleming
Admissions Tutor, History
01905 85 5323
n.fleming@worc.ac.uk       

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

What is Literature?
How to do History

 


Module options:

English Literature Across the Centuries
English Renaissance Texts and Contexts
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference in View
Introduction to American Writing
Power, Sex and Identity in Restoration Literature
Science Fiction: Alternative Worlds
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
World History
The Early Modern World
Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
Reconstructing the Past Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict, Stability and Change
An Introduction to Media History
TV History
Introduction to Heritage
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Italian Stage 1


Year 2

Core modules:

Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice

 


Module options:

Shakespearean Comedy
Culture and Politics in Victorian Fiction
The Pre-Raphaelites: Word and Image
Children’s Literature
Literary England and the Great War, 1900 – 1930
The American Short Story
Enlightened Minds: Literature 1688 – 1760
Literature in English Around the World
Methods and Debates in History
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690
Twentieth-Century USA
Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000
Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914
From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000
The German Empire, 1862 – 1918
The Victorian Century
(Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film
History Work Experience Module
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900
Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951
Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion


Year 3

Core modules:

N/A

 


Module options:

Justice and Revenge in English Renaissance Drama
Love, Religion and Politics in English Renaissance Poetry
Fantasy and the 1980s
Cities and Fiction
American Writing and the Wilderness
Irish Writing since 1900
Literature in Film Adaptation
What Happens Now: Twenty-First Century Poetry Plus
Postcolonial Literature
Independent Research Project
Extended Independent Research Project
Independent Study
Nationalism
The Atlantic Slave Trade
The USA and World War Two
The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45
Martin Luther King Jr. and his Opponents
Hollywood Goes to War
Nazi Germany
Empire and Appeasement
Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
Witchcraft
Ireland Since 1848
History Extension Module
Britain in the Global Economy
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials


Employability

Employability

Many English Literature graduates will take a fourth year postgraduate Certificate in Education before entering the teaching profession. Other students will take a certificate in TEFL and become teachers of English as a second language at home or abroad. Those graduates who achieve particularly good results in their first degree will choose to progress to a Masters course, which will then often lead to a career as a researcher or further study to PhD. Many students progress to careers requiring good communication skills such as Public Relations or develop research careers with media or publishing companies. Throughout the English Literature degree there is a focus on developing employability which includes attractive opportunities for work experience, a credited work project module, and a career and professional development module. Students are also strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to study abroad for a semester.

History graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

How to apply

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English Literature and History BA (Hons) - QV31

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