Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 15/11/2020
College College Arts and Law
School Eng, Drama, & Creative Studies
Department English Literature
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. English Full-time
Programme Code 263B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme English is a Single Honours Programme, including study in ancillary disciplines. It is characterised by a wide study, methodologically and theoretically informed, of the range of literature in the English language from the medieval period to the present, and by study of the structure and character of the English language. It aims to produce individuals who possess a broad range of knowledge and understanding of English literature and performance; critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts both literary and non-literary; responsiveness to the central role of language in the creation of meaning; rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written; bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline; understanding of the role of cultural norms in understanding and judgement; and awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning. The programme also offers students the opportunity to follow a pathway in Film Studies, Language, Creative Writing or Drama. The wide range of reasoning, research, independent learning, communication and organisational skills acquired from this programme equips graduates to pursue further study or employment in English and related disciplines, and is readily transferable to a wide range of commercial, cultural and professional careers.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
A substantial number of authors and texts from different periods of literary history
Different critical and theoretical approaches in the study of literature, language and performance, and of the literary, cultural and historical contexts that inform both the writing and reading of texts and performance
Thematic and generic links between texts across a wide historical range.
English language, including phonology, lexis, grammar and discourse and their application to literary study.
Theories, historical varieties, methods of discovery and major conceptual paradigms in specialised area(s) of English Language and Applied Linguistic, Film Studies, Creative writing OR Drama (optional)
Lectures and seminars; an individually supervised dissertation
Assessment by group presentation, individual assignment/essay and dissertation; pre-released examination; unseen examination
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Engagement with texts, primary and secondary: By the end of LC: the ability to demonstrate confidence in studying whole novels, plays, poems and films of different kinds and lengths; By the end of LI: the ability to read, with understanding, literary texts from different periods and genres; By the end of LH: the ability to synthesise a wide range of primary and secondary reading and the ability to range independently in their reading beyond prescribed texts in order to diversify and contextualise their study.
The capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse, both literary and non-literary, including own work and the work of peers: By the end of LC, the ability to apply notions of genre through interpretive practice and close reading ; By the end of L I, the ability accurately to locate literary texts in relevant historical and generic contexts; and to analyse the literary effects produced by different types of intertextuality; By the end of L H, the ability to choose appropriate modes of analysis and apply them effectively to primary texts in the course of a piece of independent research.
The capacity for independent thought and judgement, and the ability to handle information and argument in a critical and self-reflective manner: By the end of LC, the ability to discuss the rationale for key differences between university-level literary study and the methods and expectations experienced at earlier stages of education; By the end of LI, the ability to construct arguments informed by, but not dependent upon, secondary material; By the end of LH, the ability to construct detailed, balanced and substantiated critical arguments; and to locate those arguments in their appropriate scholarly fields.
Skills in critical reasoning, and the ability to apply and critique systems of analysis and interpretation: By the end of LC, the ability to apply selected critical / theoretical approaches to the reading of literary texts; By the end of LI, the ability to distinguish between and use appropriately different critical approaches; By the end of LH, the ability to evaluate the relative merits of a range of critical/theoretical points of view.
The ability to formulate appropriate research questions, undertake large scale substantive research, apply relevant methodologies and sustain an argument through a lengthy piece of individual project work.
The ability independently to use libraries, catalogues, bibliographies and other appropriate reference sources; to make appropriate use of the internet, the e-library, the physical library and other appropriate libraries; and to choose and use suitable editions of literary texts, applying a basic understanding of textual transmission.
The documentation, citation and presentation, according to an agreed stylesheet of scholarly written work.
Effective skills of communication both written and oral, and the ability to apply these in appropriate contexts, including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently; the ability to write correctly and effectively in appropriate academic prose and to apply an understanding of the qualities valued in a literary essay.
The ability to work with and in relation to others through the presentation of ideas and information and the collective negotiation of solutions.
The ability to acquire substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way, to sift and organise material independently and critically, and evaluate its significance.
Information technology skills that contribute to digital literacy such as word-processing and the acquisition, use and critical evaluation of data in electronic formats.
Time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and present conclusions effectively in unseen examinations, the ability to carry out a substantial piece of independent research and to present it in writing, and the ability to budget time and prioritise work to meet deadlines.
Lectures and seminars; an individually supervised dissertation at LH; peer-review of formative essays and formative presentations.
Assessment by individual assignment/essay and dissertation; pre-released examination, unseen examination; group presentation