Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved 28/06/2017
College College Arts and Law
School Eng, Drama, Ame & Can Stu
Department Film and Creative Writing
Partner College and School English Literature
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title B.A. English and Creative Writing Full-time
Programme Code 266B
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 3 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme BA English and Creative Writing 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 a thorough instruction in the creative writing process. It aims to produce individuals who possess a broad range of knowledge and understanding of English literature, critical skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts, rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written, and bibliographical skills appropriate to the discipline. They will also have a deep understanding of the self-reflective and other processes involved in producing original composition in English covering a broad range of genres; they will have completed independently a portfolio of work in a chosen genre; and they will be able to synthesise practical and theoretical insights into writing. The wide range of reasoning, research, independent and collaborative learning, communication, organisational and creative skills acquired from this programme equips graduates to pursue further study in English and/or Creative Writing, 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 as process and product, and of the literary, cultural and historical contexts that inform both the writing and reading of texts.
The creative and practical processes involved in the production of a polished piece of creative or media writing, with reference to both generic and genre/media-specific conventions and practices.
Thematic and generic links between texts across a wide historical range.
A comprehensive range of techniques and conventions of creative writing in the traditional genres of prose, poetry and writing for performance.
Theories, historical varieties, methods of discovery and major conceptual paradigms in specialised area of Creative Writing
Lectures and seminars; an individually supervised dissertation at LH
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 L C: the ability to demonstrate confidence in studying whole novels, plays, poems and films of different kinds and lengths; By the end of L I: the ability to read, with understanding, literary texts from different periods and genres; By the end of L H: 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 L C, 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 L C, 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 L I, the ability to construct arguments informed by, but not dependent upon, secondary material; By the end of L H, the ability to construct detailed, balanced and substantiated critical arguments; and to locate those arguments in their appropriate scholarly fields.
The capacity to employ a range of generic and genre-specific creative writing skills, facilitating the production of polished, original and sustained writing in key literary and/or media genres.
The ability to reflect on own writing ‘as process’ in oral and written form, with reference to the practical and theoretical challenges presented at each stage of the degree, demonstrating self-awareness and self-direction.
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
Assessment by group presentation, individual assignment/essay and dissertation; pre-released examination, unseen examination.