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Do you love to read literature that changes how people think and feel?

Northumbria University’s undergraduate English literature course invites you to engage with literature and culture, and to explore how they interact. Through the course you’ll develop the high-level transferable skills, including excellent written communication, that employers associate with graduates in English.

During the first year students will develop the critical and analytical skills that are needed for the rest of the course. From then on there is an increasing amount of choice over which options you’ll study, so you can shape your learning journey to suit your interests. The options cover everything from Marlowe to Byron and from American Gothic to First World War prose.

Northumbria University also offer opportunities to study abroad for a semester in your second year, usually in North America or mainland Europe. It’s a stimulating way to broaden your cultural sensitivity and consider additional perspectives.

You’ll be taught by staff whose research is constantly contributing to critical debates about literature. 100% of students say staff are good at explaining things and a similarly high percentage are positive about Northumbria’s outstanding library resources and services. External examiners have also praised the course, describing it as “truly excellent and a model of good practice”.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

 

 

 

Do you love to read literature that changes how people think and feel?

Northumbria University’s undergraduate English literature course invites you to engage with literature and culture, and to explore how they interact. Through the course you’ll develop the high-level transferable skills, including excellent written communication, that employers associate with graduates in English.

During the first year students will develop the critical and analytical skills that are needed for the rest of the course. From then on there is an increasing amount of choice over which options you’ll study, so you can shape your learning journey to suit your interests. The options cover everything from Marlowe to Byron and from American Gothic to First World War prose.

Northumbria University also offer opportunities to study abroad for a semester in your second year, usually in North America or mainland Europe. It’s a stimulating way to broaden your cultural sensitivity and consider additional perspectives.

You’ll be taught by staff whose research is constantly contributing to critical debates about literature. 100% of students say staff are good at explaining things and a similarly high percentage are positive about Northumbria’s outstanding library resources and services. External examiners have also praised the course, describing it as “truly excellent and a model of good practice”.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

 

 

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
Q320

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Humanities

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Humanities

Our Department of Humanities includes the subject areas of History, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing and American Studies.

Humanities Video Gallery

Discover more about what you will learn on the course, more about our academics research interests, and hear from current students by watching our videos.

Book an Open Day / Experience English Literature BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study English Literature. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, group tasks and tutorials. These will be backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as tutors work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work.  

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessments will develop your communication skills while also inspiring you to analyse evidence, pursue original thought and persuade others of your ideas. Assessment methods are engaging and diverse, including essays, exams, critical reviews, and even blogs as well as a final-year dissertation.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

English Literature Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our English Literature BA (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience English Literature BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study English Literature. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

English at Northumbria enjoys international recognition for the quality of teaching and research. Our publications are ranked 15th in the country for their quality, by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our staff actively explore and shape what literary studies mean in the 21st century, and our expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what we teach. Our staff’s research interests include Renaissance literature, Romanticism, contemporary literature, popular culture, , 18th century literature, American literature, and Modernism

Our knowledge and enthusiasm helps explain why 95% of students think that tutors make the subject interesting and 92% are good at explaining things, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

90% of students feel that the course is intellectually stimulating.

Staff / Meet the Team

Our students learn from the best inspirational academic staff with a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Book an Open Day / Experience English Literature BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study English Literature. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The use of TEL caters for different learning styles and encourages reflective thought.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

There are over half a million print books and another 500,000 electronic books available online. Databases include LION (Literature Online database) and MLA (bibliography database). Further facilities are available at the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building, including a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms. 


University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience English Literature BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study English Literature. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

At Northumbria you will learn to carry out your own research projects as part of our strong research-rich ethos, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English language and literature.

In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake a dissertation on a topic that you negotiate with tutors. It’s a test of academic maturity that will enable you to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

Throughout the course there will be opportunities to engage with Northumbria’s wider research, for example through attending lectures held by guest speakers whom we invite to the University as part of our collaborative projects.


Book an Open Day / Experience English Literature BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study English Literature. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Employability is embedded throughout our learning and teaching strategies. Core and optional modules cultivate your competence and self-confidence, enhancing transferable skills such as high-level analysis and independent thinking. Your tutors will work closely with the University’s Careers and Employment Service to give you the best advice and resources, whatever your ambitions. 

In your second year you will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills in teaching, in cultural heritage, or in learning a foreign language, through our option modules. You can also choose to study in another country for a semester. North America and mainland Europe are popular destinations where you can take modules that will count towards your final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

Your final-year dissertation will place you in an excellent position to pursue postgraduate study as well as to enter the job market with a portfolio of highly desirable skills in research and communication.


Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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With well-honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. In recent years, our graduates have developed successful careers in journalism, the media, communications, publishing, librarianship, advertising, marketing, education (at various levels), and the civil service. Others have gone on to postgraduate study.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Alumni / English Literature BA (Hons)

Northumbria graduates are making a very distinctive mark on the world. Here are a selection of some of our Alumni who have been taught within this subject area.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who are inspired by great literature: not only the classics but texts that take them off the beaten track as well.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 units at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

 

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

The costs of books that you may wish to purchase are not included in the fee. Optional Modules where you are expected to have DBS clearance will incur a mandatory charge of approximately £50, and you may be required to pay for travel to any placements.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

EL4001 -

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be given the opportunity to familiarise yourself with conceptual issues such as canonicity, the unconscious, the tragic, the nature of the author, gender and postmodernity. Lectures will introduce you to these concepts and modes of applying these to literary texts as well as introducing you to new material in the texts themselves. Seminars will follow the lectures, where you will discuss and explore with your tutor and with your fellow students both the texts and their historical and theoretical contexts.

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EL4003 -

Representing the US: From Slavery to Terrorism (Core, 20 Credits)

This module focusses on US literature, film and television and it asks you to think about US culture at large; it will introduce you to a range of significant US texts from the nineteenth century to the present. You will make connections between diverse texts ranging from writings of slaves in the nineteenth century to fiction that responds to the trauma of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. You will enjoy US literature, film and television across a range of periods – work from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be covered – and you will examine fiction, poetry, drama, film, and television in relation to the idea of a national literary canon and in the context of social and political change, from the Civil War to the War on Terror. As a survey module, it encourages you to examine how key works engage with questions of identity, slavery, the American Dream, trauma, freedom, and national security.

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EL4004 -

Reading Poetry (Core, 20 Credits)

This module encourages you to read and enjoy poetry whilst also developing your understanding of how figurative language, linguistic choice and formal technique work to produce the meanings that we derive from poetry. The module is structured to help you develop competence in close reading of literary texts and to increase your familiarity with the critical vocabulary that will enable you to discuss and analyse poetic language in an informed manner. You will also be encouraged to increase your awareness of the diverse nature of poetic composition and to recognise the importance of genre, context and form in the reading of poetic language. Working on the principle that close reading is an essential part of critical analysis of any text, the module provides a foundation for all subsequent elements of your studies in English Literature. Moreover, because these skills in understanding poetry are an essential first step in creating it, the module seeks to foster an understanding of the creative process that will improve your familiarity with poetic technique and thus help to develop your creative skills. The module elides the gap between the creative and critical spheres and in so doing enrich both.

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EL4006 -

Concepts in Criticism and Culture (Core, 20 Credits)

This module introduces you to key critical concepts in literary studies and asks how those concepts may be applied to the study of less canonical forms of writing and other media.

You will be introduced to theoretical and critical material, addressing key issues about literature and culture such as:
• how is the literary canon is constructed
• how might our gender, race or class background affect how we value and understand literature and popular culture

During the module you will be encouraged to evaluate the significance of debates about authorship, identity and literary value. You will be asked to read a range of key academic essays, discussing them in relation to a range of examples from popular culture as well as literature. You will be asked to think about the values attached to these different forms of cultural production. The module aims to foster your skills in close textual analysis, informed by key theoretical perspectives and independent reflective practice.

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EL4016 -

Talking Texts (Core, 20 Credits)

This module offers students a forum to develop academic skills in close reading and analysis. A range of texts are examined within a reading-focussed workshop, including: the novel, short stories, poetry, plays, journalism, academic essays and online media such as blogs and flash fiction. Students are exposed to a range of writing in order to consider and develop their own reading practices. The discursive workshops develop speaking, listening, and critical skills through participation in classroom activities. The module prepares students for work at degree level, encouraging them to become independent learners in a supportive environment.

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EL4017 -

Gothic Stories: Nineteenth Century to the Present (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be given the opportunity to study a range of gothic texts from the nineteenth century to the contemporary period. This will provide you with the opportunity to explore the conventions of the genre as well as some of the ways in which gothic writing reflects and/or questions assumptions about race, gender, social class and sexuality. You will learn about the cultural significance of many familiar gothic motifs and figures such as ghosts, uncanny doubles, haunted houses and vampires.

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YC5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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EL5001 -

Textual Studies (Core, 20 Credits)

Running alongside the module ‘Early Modern Cultures’ (EL5003) in semester 1, and ‘Modernism and Modernity’ (EL5004) in semester 2, this module provides a forum for discussion and debate. Helping to introduce you to two distinct cultural moments, the early modern and modernist periods, the module complements these modules through seminar dialogue.

Building upon skills you have acquired in textual analysis and discussion at Level 4, this module fosters key research skills that will become vital to study at level 6.

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EL5002 -

Working with our Cultural Heritage (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module aims to broaden your awareness of the professional opportunities in the Arts and Heritage sectors open to those with a degree in English literature, drawing upon departmental expertise in working within the professional cultural and heritage sectors. The module will provide a solid grounding in the interdisciplinary nature of literary studies, and instruct you in the practical application of literary knowledge in a professional environment. It will teach key organisational skills involved in managing a project which you will be able to draw on in writing your third-year dissertation. Over the course of the academic year you will be introduced to key theoretical ideas involved in working on literature-related projects in the culture and heritage sectors; the relationship between literature & the visual arts, literature & place/heritage sites and literature & archives/collections/digital resources.

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EL5003 -

Early Modern Cultures (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn to read texts written in the period 1500-1700 historically. Lectures and seminars will encourage you to learn about the early modern period, and to situate texts by authors such as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas More, and Philip Sidney. You will learn about poetry, prose, and drama – situating literary genres from the period in relation to themes that include: class, race, sexuality, politics, authority, gender, and ideas of literary production itself. Lectures will trace the afterlives of some of the most influential texts ever written, and will encourage you to read these textual traditions in light of a range of western literary ideologies.

Building upon work completed at Level 4 on early modern authors like Shakespeare and Donne, this module offers students a more comprehensive survey of the early modern period. Encouraging students to read literature historically, Early Modern Cultures fosters key skills in tutor-led and independent reading and research that will complement a range of studies at level 6.

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EL5004 -

Modernism and Modernity (Core, 20 Credits)

Through this module you will gain an understanding of the relation between literary modernism and modernity in the early part of the twentieth century. The module provides you with conceptual and historical frameworks for understanding the relation between art and social life. It gives you an opportunity to engage with the ways in which different literary genres prompted modernist experiments in form and with the various debates taking place between literary critics, writers, philosophers and cultural historians in early-twentieth-century Britain and the USA.

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EL5005 -

Geneses of English Literature (Optional, 20 Credits)

What are the mythological frameworks of western culture, and how have they influenced and informed literary texts? This module will introduce you to poems, plays, and novels which adapt classical and biblical narratives – including mythologies of ‘genesis’ (Eden, Troy), ‘metamorphosis’ (Actaeon, Christ), and ‘underworlds’ (Orpheus and Eurydice, Satan) – unpacking and analysing some of the most central narratives of British and American literature. Using cultural theory relevant to appropriation studies, you will learn how to locate and analyse classical and biblical narratives in literary texts in meaningful ways. Reading beyond literature, you will also learn about how these narratives are employed in popular music, film, television, advertising, and wider popular cultures.

Building upon work completed at Level 4 in narrative and appropriation studies on modules such as EL4006 ‘Concepts in Criticism and Culture’, this module offers you a more focused and in depth opportunity to read core narrative and mythology ‘types’ in a range of twentieth and twenty-first century texts. The module fosters key skills in textual analysis, and your tutor-led and independent reading and research tasks will supplement and support learning at Level 6.

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EL5006 -

Poetry: Tradition and Experiment (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will focus on key moments in the development of poetic theory and practice, from the early modern period to the present day. In this module you will examine poems as sites at which tradition and experiment collide and intertwine. Through the close analysis of a small number of individual poems by ground-breaking poets, you will develop your understanding of the dynamic relationship between poetic form and content. In doing so, you will reflect upon and interrogate the complex ways in which poetic texts engage with, and intervene in, broader cultural debates about nation, class, race, and gender. You will consider how the evolution of poetry and poetics coalesces with questions of aesthetics and ideology.

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EL5007 -

Literature and Identity (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module you will explore the concept of identity in relation to literary texts across a range of periods and genres. The module will address the relationship between identity formation and narration, drawing on approaches that might include narrative theory and psychoanalysis. You will be encouraged to consider how literary texts participate in the representation and production of gendered, racial, national, sexual, post-colonial and other identities. The module will extend your understanding of literary theory and its application to literary texts and prepare you for the study of theory-based modules at Level 6.

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EL5010 -

Historical Fiction (Optional, 20 Credits)

What is historical fiction? When and why did historical fiction begin to be written? How have later writers of historical fiction built on or surpassed early forms of historical fiction? What did or does historical fiction tell us about the world we live in? This module addresses these questions, with a survey of historical fiction from its origins in the 19th century to its varied forms in the 21st century. You will learn to contextualise each historical novel in relation to the conflicts and strains of the period in which it was made and consumed, while also thinking about the relations between writing, gender, religion, and politics, issues of literary influence, and the function of art in times of crisis, past and present.

Building on your work correlating the historical novel and short story at Level 4 (Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and ‘The Love of a Good Woman’ by Alice Munro), and prefiguring your extended writing work for the dissertation and on Level 6 modules, this module will develop your understanding of historical fiction as a literary genre. This will involve looking at its origins with Walter Scott’s 12th Century Medieval Romance and Folklore and then moving to the Tudors, the French Revolution, the Victorian Era and the Black British history after the Second World War. You will be examining close links between fictional re-imaginings of the past and issues surrounding changing national identities and popular memory. Finally you will be exploring the relationship between the historical novel and a range of other subgenres such as fantasy, social realism, postmodernism, romance, psychoanalysis, the Gothic, biography, spiritualism, detective fiction and postcolonialism.

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EL5025 -

Introduction to Creative Writing (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn the basic skills and approaches of creative writing, identify them in the work of others and produce your own creative work. You will study key elements of writing such as plot, character, narrative voice, rhythm, form and language. Looking at how other writers have used these elements will lead on to writing your own creative pieces. You will also learn to give and receive feedback on draft work, and to revise your work in response to feedback. As well as preparing you for future creative writing modules, the module supports your learning in other modules by looking at literature from the point of view of the writer.

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ML5001 -

Unilang - Languages for all - Level 5 Placeholder (Optional, 20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in the foreign language in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language as well as English; to improve cultural awareness and, at the higher stages, to encourage access to foreign sources.

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TE5507 -

Student Tutoring (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to be a tutor of students in schools or colleges. You will develop your skills in communicating effectively with children or young people. As part of this process you will learn how to evaluate your own learning of how to support these pupils’ learning over a series of lessons. You will be learning how to transmit your own enthusiasm for learning in a professional context to pupils within the schooling system. You will learn about the issues facing teachers and other professionals within the school, college or learning centre. Learning how to apply your existing skills and knowledge in a work related context will be an important focus of this module for you. Knowing how to determine which skills and knowledge are relevant, and make appropriate use of these in the work context, will be a major learning opportunity for you.

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AD5009 -

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AD5010 -

Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional, 120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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EL6001 -

English Dissertation (Core, 40 Credits)

In your third year you will be ready to become an independent thinker and researcher. The dissertation is your opportunity to research and write a substantial investigation of a topic that you are really passionate about. Your tutors will support you as you learn how to work independently and to manage a large project. You will also learn project-management, research, presentation and writing skills. You will learn to be self-motivated and independent. By the end of the module you will have produced a major piece of work that you can be proud of, and you will be ready to continue as an independent thinker in further study or in the graduate job you go on to at the end of your third year.

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EL6002 -

Alternative Worlds: Utopian Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module examines a selection of utopian and dystopian fiction of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It provides an interesting area for you to apply and further develop critical theories explored in level 4 and 5 modules (especially those concerning gender, class, and ethnicity) through an examination of a challenging genre that embraces the complex field of non-realist representation, science fiction, satire and social commentary, prediction, politics and polemic. Some of the issues on which the module focuses include evolution, progress, eugenics, genetics, man and machine, alternative histories, apocalypse, ‘racial’ and gendered identities and conflicts. The module also aims to explore genre definitions and limitations, particularly the divide between utopian and dystopian fiction.

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EL6004 -

Vamps and Virgins: Gothic Sexualities (Optional, 20 Credits)

From Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Christabel (1816) to Alan Ball’s True Blood (2008-), this module invites you to explore the dark, shadowy world of the Gothic in relation to a diverse range of literary texts and modern media. Combining the study of familiar canonical fictions with new and challenging material, we will train our focus on the enigmatic figure of the vampire, examining its various transitions and developments through the lens of critical and cultural theory.

Through an analysis of the Gothic, the module aims to develop your critical thinking, as well as your existing knowledge of literature, film, and television dating from 1816 to the present day. In doing so, it will encourage you to reflect on and interrogate the complex ways in which Gothic texts engage with, and intervene in, broader cultural debates about gender and sexuality.

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EL6005 -

Travel Writing (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will explore some key topics in contemporary travel writing (such as the environment; the end of European colonialism; war and the Cold War; and tourism). In your explorations you will investigate the way in which travel writing reflects and contributes to contemporary conversations about politics, culture, the environment, and features of our contemporary world such as globalization, mass media, and global warming. You will look at a variety of forms including essays, books, radio broadcasts, and journalism, and will consider how these different forms are utilized by travel writers.

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EL6006 -

Romantic Politics: British Literary Responses to the French Revolution (Optional, 20 Credits)

The French Revolution in 1789 marked the beginning of intense debate in Britain about liberty and society, equality and order, justice and happiness. Literature was seen as the key site for these new imagined world orders; it was the realm in which imagination, politics, and philosophy could converge. You will focus on the intense decade of the 1790s and encounter some of the most dazzling writers of this (or any) age: Edmund Burke’s conservative dream of nation was followed by Thomas Paine’s assertion of the rights of man; Mary Wollstonecraft championed the rights of woman; William Godwin transformed people’s lives through his philosophical writings and wrote thrilling novels demonstrating his philosophical beliefs in action; Jane Austen, often criticized for being apolitical, appears to be offering a commentary on cult of the individual in Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811 but written in the turbulent decade of the 1790s; Anna Laetitia Barbauld published anonymous tracts asserting the right of the people to participate in government, wrote brilliant poetry, and transformed educational writings; Helen Maria Williams published letters from France celebrating the newly liberated nation; and William Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge revolutionised poetry. On this module will you will examine an extraordinary period of debates fueled by exhilaration and despair, and of great hopes for the transformative powers of literature.

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EL6007 -

Sin, Sex, and Violence: Marlowe in Context (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will enhance your awareness and appreciation of one of the most controversial and stimulating authors of the early modern period (and beyond!), Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593). Marlowe wrote plays and poems that expose our darkest hearts, showing characters lusting for power, and each other. Building on your brief contact with Marlowe at Level 5, this module will offer a chronological survey of his short but staggering career, situating each of his works in relation to the tumultuous contexts of their production and reception, including later appropriations. This will involve looking at Marlowe in relation to discussions of early modern politics, religious conflict, sexuality, urbanisation, imperialism, science and magic, ethnicity, geography, and historiography. The module therefore offers a unique opportunity to see how one writer’s remarkable career developed.

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EL6008 -

Hacks, harlots & highwaymen: the origins of the literary marketplace, 1660-1730 (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the exciting decades during which a professional literary marketplace first took shape in England, and build on your awareness of the wealth of new literary genres that evolved at this time, such as the first novels, journalism, ballad opera, criminal biography, autobiography and literary criticism. You will study these newly developing genres alongside established, yet rapidly evolving, modes of writing already in existence in England, such as poetry, drama and satire. Many of these forms of writing featured characters that fascinated early readers much as they continue to do so today, from highwaymen, prisoners and prostitutes to politicians and royalty, and they evolved in the context of new dynamic literary spaces such as the first coffee houses, West End theatres and Grub Street. By studying such a wide range of different forms of writing, you will build on previous knowledge gained in second and third year core modules in understanding how the literary marketplace of today’s modern world first took shape in the hands of authors, editors, publishers, booksellers, hack writers and early celebrities who used print publication as a means to serve a variety of ends, be this the pursuit of literary fame, financial gain or public support.

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EL6009 -

Romanticism and Childhood (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will inform you about the transformations to the concept of childhood that occurred in the Romantic period (1760-1830). It will challenge you to analyse various celebrated representations of children and childhood in British Romantic literature. A new and distinctive attitude towards childhood was a core element of Romantic culture. Many British Romantic writers were invested in such issues as children’s education, imaginative fantasy literature, child-psychology, social injustices afflicting children, and religious questions of childhood innocence. This module will encourage you to develop an historical awareness of the changing culture of childhood in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. You will engage with the politics of education and children’s imaginative reading in the wake of the French Revolution (1789). Authors studied include William Wordsworth, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many more important writers of the period. This module encompasses a range of significant literature of the period, including poetry, prose, novels, and children’s literature.

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EL6013 -

Violent Femmes: Women in Post-war Popular Culture (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module you will examine the figure of the active female hero within popular fiction, film and television since the Second World War. Beginning in the 1950s with figures on screen such as Calamity Jane, the module will offer a selective survey of such representations through the 60s, 70s, 80s and so on. You will examine each example within the context of its form (ie film, television, popular fiction) and within the context of ongoing debates about the position and role of women in Britain and North America.

During the module you will become familiar with contemporary debates regarding the politics of gendered behaviours, engaging with feminist theory, film and television studies, cultural studies and literary theory. While the module will focus on the representation of women, discussion will also inevitably address relevant accounts of masculinity, sexuality and ethnicity.

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EL6016 -

Neo-Victorianism: Contemporary Literature and Culture (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn about how the Victorian period is presented in an interdisciplinary range of texts, from film, graphic novels, theatre and contemporary fiction. You will examine the notion of ‘Neo-Victorianism’ in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. from the 1960s to the present, and you will learn why the Victorian period still holds such a fascination in literature and popular culture. We will also study several key theoretical areas: feminism, lesbianism and women’s writing; postcolonialism and Empire; postmodernist rewrites, reinterpretations and intertextuality; nostalgia and its effects in literature and the wider society; technology and travel; the interaction of the visual and the written text.

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History, Myth, Narrative: Prose Writing about the First World War (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will explore a selection of key prose texts (novels and short stories) about the First World War that were written between 1914 and the present day. You will relate these novels and short stories to a range of influential critical ideas across literary studies and history. The module will help you to understand the close links between literary writing about the war and the way the war has been remembered in Britain at different points in time and will develop your research skills beyond your own discipline by allowing you to engage with scholarly concepts and sources in history, psychology and sociology. By reading a range of autobiographical and fictional prose texts, you will think about the value of literary texts as sources of cultural history, and you will investigate the changing historical contexts in which these texts have been produced, published and read. Themes and topics you will cover include the representation of soldiers, enemies and allies, class and gender in war writing, formal and publishing aspects and memory and remembrance.

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EL6018 -

The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to a range of texts which have been created out of, or about, the experience of African peoples in the diaspora from the seventeenth century to the present. It will encourage you to relate your understanding of the texts to the cultural and historical background from which they developed. Following on from level four core modules this module will develop your understanding of the concept of the ‘Atlantic World’ and theories of local, national and global cultures as well as theories of race and postcolonial theory. You will be encouraged to recognise the activity of the slave trade as the beginning point of the Atlantic World as an imagined space that challenges national and chronological boundaries and speaks of the powerful and enduring legacies of slavery.

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EL6019 -

Writing the Body 1800-1900 (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn that he body is a crucial, if often overlooked element in all literature, whether it be in terms of sexuality, gender, representations of glamorous diseases -such as consumption in the nineteenth century - or the final fate of the body, death. This module aims to introduce students to some of the major forms of the representation of the body in the literature in the period 1800-1900. Through such major authors as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe and Hermann Melville, the module will investigate how certain genres (romance and gothic, for example) construct certain versions of the body, how different sexual bodies are depicted and contested, and how male and female bodies are differentiated and politicised.

As well as being introduced to relevant literary content in the period you will also learn how to research and generate new literary content via contemporary research methods using on-line resources such as full-text databases (LION etc). As well as finding your own material (a poem on the female body, for example), you will learn how to contextualise it (investigating the author and genre, for example).

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Boxing with Byron: Romanticism and Popular Culture (Optional, 20 Credits)

The Romantic period (1789-1832) was a time of revolutionary change in literature, yet the literature of the period is typically represented by a narrow list of elite poets. On this module you will learn about a much more diverse range of writing: by men and women, by the poor and the rich, and taking in styles from satirical poetry, to advertising, to magazine fiction, to essays about opium addiction. Is there a distinction between ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture, and who gets to decide the answer? This was a question the Romantics asked, and it is one you will learn to answer. You will also learn to investigate the diverse range of literature produced in the period yourself by using e-resources to find texts from the period that you think are valuable. You will develop an enhanced knowledge of the literature and culture of the period and as a result you will learn to question the way that literary critics tell stories about who and what should count in literary history.

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EL6021 -

Shaking up Shakespeare (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module develops your awareness and understanding of post-Renaissance adaptations and appropriations of Shakespeare’s work, from the seventeenth century to the present day. It engages with Shakespearean adaptations belonging to different literary genres (in particular, drama and prose fiction) and different media (written texts, films). It examines the ways in which selected Shakespearean texts are transformed in subsequent adaptations, and the issues underpinning these transformations, especially those concerning race, gender, and class. It also engages with theoretical debates surrounding authorship, literary value, canonicity, and popular/high culture.

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Entertaining Satan (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module offers you an opportunity to look in depth at a range of literature and literary forms concerned with demonology, witchcraft and the representation of the devil and devil worship in poetry, prose and drama from c.1590-1678. It does so through the examination of key texts and themes in their historical context across a century of unprecedented political, social and cultural upheaval. Themes include religious fanaticism and fundamentalism, science, gender, social status and the beginnings of the English Enlightenment in its European context. All of these texts investigate and interrogate debates about the role of science and magic, moral authority and the nature of good and evil that apply to the tumultuous time in which they were written and that remain highly relevant today.

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Postwar US Writing (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will enhance your understanding of postwar American literary culture in its broader social, political, and
economic contexts. Mid-century America was a time of profound contradictions: while US citizens lived under the shadow the bomb, many experienced unprecedented economic prosperity and access to new material comforts. We will explore how national paranoia
about the spread of communism and the nuclear arms race sat alongside – and fed into – the postwar image of the American ‘good life’, an image of suburban conformity underpinned by the growth of advertising and consumer culture. We will consider how postwar fiction and poetry challenges this demand for conformity in both content and form: through its complex representations of the American cold war experience and its innovative narrative and poetic strategies. The texts on this module offer insights into postwar attitudes towards a diverse range of topics, including national and international politics, work, leisure, and domesticity, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity.

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Political Drama in Early Modern England (Optional, 20 Credits)

People thought and wrote about politics a lot in the early modern period. Just like today, lives and livelihoods hinged upon the attitudes, loyalties and alliances of those in power – and the theatre was a convenient and accessible place to think about (and sometimes to poke fun at) political figureheads and their ideologies. Also, because men like William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson were, effectively, on the payroll of some of England’s wealthiest and most powerful men and women, their dramatic writings often carried distinct political agendas. Monarchs like Queen Elizabeth I and James VI/I were passionate about literature, and London’s best playwrights and acting companies were employed during their lavish coronation processions – and invited to perform at court during annual festivities. Drama from this period was not only influenced by politics, moreover, it had influential political clout, in and of itself. The theatre explored, explained, critiqued, and shaped political attitudes and ideas – at every level of society.

Building on your reading of early modern authors at levels 4 and 5 in early modern literature, this module will challenge you to read a range of Tudor and Jacobean plays in relation to political change, scandal, and satire. You will develop a specialised understanding of the relationship between literature and politics, and a detailed knowledge of the early modern period’s tumultuous social and religious contexts.

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Twenty First Century Literature: Writing in the Present (Optional, 20 Credits)

From Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and its popular television adaptation (2017) to Yorgos Lanthimos’ film The Lobster (2015), this module invites you to explore a wide and diverse range of novels, short stories and other media in order to promote and analyse the study of contemporary theoretical debates on gender, love, the body and sexuality.

Through the theoretical lens of feminism, psychoanalysis, queer theory and postmodernism, the module aims to develop your critical thinking and your existing knowledge of literature, film and television, from 1985 to the present day. It will encourage you to explore the complex issues raised by diverse critical theory and close analysis of a range of late twentieth and twenty-first century literature, film and television adaptation. By doing so, you will reflect on the ways that twenty-first literature and other media engages with, interrogates and often offers alternative narratives on present debates about gender, love, the body and sexuality.

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Academic Language Skills for Humanities & Social Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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