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Do you want to be trained as a journalist while also exploring the treasures of literature? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a stimulating creative community, you’ll gain skills for jobs in journalism and many other careers that value excellence in communication and analysis.

In the Journalism modules you’ll work up to professional standards as you research, present and produce stories across different media. You’ll have the opportunity to build a high-quality portfolio of published work that’s invaluable when it comes to job applications.

In Literature modules you’ll cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction. As you produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, you’ll foster your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts.

94% of students on this course say that their communication and problem-solving skills have improved, and that staff make the subject interesting. 100% feel that Northumbria’s library resources meet their needs, according to Unistats 2015.

100% of Journalism and English Literature students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Do you want to be trained as a journalist while also exploring the treasures of literature? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a stimulating creative community, you’ll gain skills for jobs in journalism and many other careers that value excellence in communication and analysis.

In the Journalism modules you’ll work up to professional standards as you research, present and produce stories across different media. You’ll have the opportunity to build a high-quality portfolio of published work that’s invaluable when it comes to job applications.

In Literature modules you’ll cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction. As you produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, you’ll foster your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts.

94% of students on this course say that their communication and problem-solving skills have improved, and that staff make the subject interesting. 100% feel that Northumbria’s library resources meet their needs, according to Unistats 2015.

100% of Journalism and English Literature students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Course Information

UCAS Code
PQ53

Level of Study
Undergraduate

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

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Social Sciences

Our Department of Social Sciences is a community that equips you to make a positive social change, become a critical thinker, a problem solver, and to challenge what you think, see and hear.

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Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. There is an optional media practical project in the third year.

Our teaching is 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 we 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. There will be a variety of assessment methods including ones that reflect modern journalistic practices.

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.

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The Journalism modules are taught by staff who have a wealth of industry experience, and who combine theory with a strong element of practice. The English Literature modules are taught by an English team whose publications are ranked 15th in the UK for their quality, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

94% of students on the course say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching, according to Unistats 2015. What’s more, 100% agree that staff are contactable when needed.

Our professors and lecturers are actively exploring and shaping what journalistic and literary studies mean in the 21st century. Particular interests include media and migration, social media, eighteenth-century and contemporary literature. Their expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what they teach.

 

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There is a ‘family feel’ to the creative community that is Northumbria University, according to the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. The home of the course is the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building, whose facilities include a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms.

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).

 

Univeristy Library

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

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At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for their subjects, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English Literature, as well as for communication, cultural and media studies.

As part of the strong research-rich ethos, you will build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations, and develop well-founded arguments. 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 either a dissertation or a major media project. Whichever you choose, you will be expected to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

 

Research / Social Sciences

The Department of Social Sciences adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.

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During your time at Northumbria you’ll be encouraged to produce your own journalism, ensuring you will have a portfolio and platform to showcase your work and attract potential employers. Your studies will be supported by links with, and live project briefs from, media providers like the BBC, Tyne Tees TV and the Daily Mail. There is an opportunity to undertake an optional 20-day placement within the media industry.

In the second year you will have the option of studying in another country. North America and mainland Europe are popular places for students to spend a semester, taking modules that will count towards their final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

Throughout your studies the personal guidance programme will engage you in one-to-one and group workshops on employability. In addition the University’s Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

 

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 highly honed skills in journalism, analysis and communication, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. Recent graduates have gone on to work for news outlets, PR firms, radio stations and marketing companies. There are logical career paths into all types of journalism, advertising, media research, publicity and promotion, and teaching.

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with courses such as our Mass Communication MSc and English Literature MA. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll 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.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for people who want to combine rigorous training in journalism with the study of great literature, not only classics but also texts that take them off the beaten track. 

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:

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

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - BBBBB

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 credits 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

There are no Additional Costs

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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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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MP4002 -

Practices of Journalism (Core, 20 Credits)

This module examines the historical evolution of journalism, examines its contemporary structures and cultures, and identifies the main issues confronting its future development. It integrates academic and journalistic perspectives to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the critical study of those policies and practices which determine journalistic production and consumption; and it equips those students contemplating a career in journalism with a comprehensive knowledge of its salient characteristics. The second half of the module looks at the role of the media and journalists in the democratic process. It looks at politics, elections and public administration at local, regional, national and European levels. You will learn how to cover political events and have an understanding of concepts of bias, objectivity, fairness and balance in political reporting. It will also look at rules of election reporting. You are also given a basic grounding in media law and the legal structures and environments in which journalists operate as well as newspaper and broadcast regulation.

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MP4003 -

Writing for Publication (Core, 20 Credits)

The purpose of the module Writing for Publication is to learn the basics of how to identify stories, source information, interview and write journalism for a range of publications including newspapers and online. As such you will learn to become an independent journalist, developing a sense of what is news and the best means to tell a story across a variety of media.

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MP4006 -

Journalism and Design (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of design and animation so they combine good journalism with a good-looking product.
You will develop skills in research, interviewing and writing and apply them to produce a portfolio of work in appropriately designed formats. You will also learn about how to interrogate data to produce stories and/or infographics.

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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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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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MP5002 -

Media Law and Ethics (Core, 20 Credits)

‘Media Law and Ethics’ investigates law and ethical conduct for print, online and broadcast journalists in the UK. It explores the current structure of media law and the court system. It also considers the ethical expectations and obligations of journalism as well as the constraints they create for journalists. This module aims to equip you with a critical awareness of the legal and ethical restrictions which will have an impact on the way you work as a journalist. Using contemporary examples as well as well-known cases, you will learn about the processes of the criminal court system and how to report its proceedings within the law.

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MP5003 -

Practical Magazine Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Practical Magazine Journalism’ aims to give you the practical skills to operate as a magazine journalist within an understanding of the wider context of industry and society. Teaching will encourage independent learning and production of original work. You will learn to analyse and critique contemporary magazine styles in order to develop your writing across a variety of magazine-based work, including profiles, news items and longer features. At the end of this module you will be able to gather and write magazine stories.

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MP5004 -

Re-thinking Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Re-thinking Journalism’ looks at how online journalism incorporates political activism and pressure groups. It will help you learn advanced skills in team-playing, online writing and digitally-based methodologies in activism. By creating and updating blogs, you will learn practical story-telling skills and be able to write literature reviews grounded in conceptual frameworks. You will also develop skills in presentation. Assessment is via a portfolio of blog entries a group presentation and an essay.

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MP5005 -

Hyper-Local Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Hyperlocal Journalism’ will prepare you to produce factual and insightful information and to disseminate it amongst audiences located in specific geographic areas, such as universities, neighbourhoods, and communities that share lifestyles and routines which converge around particular locations and/or areas of interest. Using our newsroom you will learn to develop skills in citizen journalism. You will produce a portfolio of two online multimedia news packages for assessment on this module, as well as develop a list of high-quality news contributors and reflect on their suitability for original news stories.

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MP5008 -

Sport, Media and Society (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Sport, Media and Society’ is designed so you learn to apply critical thought, sociological analysis and relevant theories to contemporary mediated-sport. The content will necessarily be dynamic and continually evolving to reflect the fluid nature of the relationship between contemporary sport and the media (particularly through the development of new and social media) as well as related theoretical and political debates. However, the module will be built around the following key themes which are likely to remain central to it
• The history of mass media, using sports media as an exemplary case study, with focus on related social and cultural institutions (eg advertising and government)
• Sports-media as an agent of socialisation and source of social and cultural power.
• The emergence of ‘new’ and ‘social’ media (including, but not limited to, Twitter, Periscope, gambling, gaming) and its impact on traditional forms of media as well as the construction of sports-media narratives, identity and other social relations.
• Underlying theoretical, ethical and political issues in the relationship between sport and the mass media, including, but not limited to, the representation of gender, sexuality, class and regional and national identities.

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MP5010 -

Public Relations (Optional, 20 Credits)

In ‘Public Relations’ you will be introduced to the study and practise of PR techniques. This will involve both the analysis of campaigns and the production of materials appropriate to the PR management of events, corporate identity management, lobbying and other associated activities. The module will also introduce you to an understanding of the conduct of public relations in the context of the media in particular and a due consideration will be give to the reconciliation of client and audience needs and how these might be balanced.

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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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AD5017 -

Social Sciences 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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AD5018 -

Social Sciences 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 (Optional, 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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EL6017 -

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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EL6020 -

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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EL6023 -

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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EL6042 -

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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EL6045 -

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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EL6047 -

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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MI6004 -

Watching the Detectives: Contemporary European Crime Film and TV (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Watching the Detectives’ will examine the role contemporary European crime film & TV as popular narrative. You will learn about the development of the visual crime genre in a European specific context, as a means of exploring questions of national and cultural identities and also in order to gain an understanding of contemporary societal concerns. You will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, social and political contexts of the origins and development of contemporary European crime film & TV, and will explore and analyse trends and variations across the genre in relation to their socio-political contexts. You will also analyse specific key authors of contemporary European crime fiction as national icons and/or transnational figures. Further, you will examine the commonalities and specificities of chosen key texts. Throughout the module, you will evaluate the many varied perspectives of European crime film & TV which you encounter, and establish your own view of and position within these debates, developing your ability to present your own viewpoint in written and spoken language.

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MP6001 -

Professional Placement (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module guides you in the identification and successful completion of a work experience placement within the broader media industry; you then write a reflective report on that experience detailing how you applied skills taught elsewhere on the course. The work placement or portfolio of visits totals a minimum of four weeks (20 days). The intention is that every student will gain experience of work placement in the journalism and/or media industry, learning not only a basic understanding of the production processes at placement organisations but, using skills taught on the course, learn to become part of the placement organisation team, thereby making a meaningful contribution wherever possible to the output. You also gain insight into employability by developing CVs, personal branding skills and job interview techniques via a series of lectures and seminars. The placement is a requirement of our accreditation body, The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) for the BA (Hons) Journalism award.

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MP6002 -

Business and Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module examines the historical evolution of business journalism within the context of the UK. While practical elements are present the module takes a theoretical slant, discussing the contributions of historic and contemporary UK and global economists with the aims of identifying the roots of business journalism. You will learn practical writing skills within the realm of business journalism and be able to analyse business stories within both the local and global contexts.

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MP6003 -

Practical Sports Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module aims to develop your practical skills and provide you with a theoretical understanding of sports journalism. You will learn how to write text and will be expected to produce audio and/or video across platforms in an industry-style environment. You will learn how to commentate and report on matches, games and events, how to cover teams and sports effectively and write and produce clearly and concisely. Ultimately you will gain the skills required to operate as a sports journalist and learn from industry experts in print and broadcast media.

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MP6004 -

Reporting Risk and Conflict (Core, 20 Credits)

‘Reporting Risk and Conflict’ will equip you with knowledge and skills to critically reflect on, and analyse, how issues and events of risk and conflict are reported within contemporary national and global contexts. It will provide you with the opportunity to explore the reporting of war and conflict, genocide and political/civil unrest, political and economic risks and environmental disasters using case studies in global society. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyse reporting of risk and conflict within the context of critical journalism theory and research. By the end of the module, you will have gained, at the appropriate level, knowledge and skills to engage in key debates involving the reporting, under-reporting or mis-reporting of risk and conflict societies; critically explore the factors that shape the reporting of risk and conflict; appreciate the role of the news media in the social construction, or in the management/prevention, of risk and conflict societies.

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MP6005 -

Practical Media Project (Optional, 40 Credits)

‘Practical Media Project’ will develop and hone practical skills that you have been taught on earlier modules and found an interest in throughout your first two years study. Through practice and support from your allocated supervisor you will not only build upon the skills that you have learnt so far, but will also develop transferable skills that are industry facing as well as transferrable to other career paths. The project involves engaging in project design, considering ethical issues, researching, organising one’s time, planning, synthesising ideas, analysing current media trends, expressing your ideas and findings in a scholarly fashion, and producing a final practical outcome in a medium of your choice that adheres to both academic and industry standards.

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MP6006 -

Media Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

‘Media Dissertation’ involves the researching and writing of an 8,000-10,000 word media-related dissertation on a subject of your own choosing. You should attend a series of mandatory lecture/workshop sessions in which the fundamental requirements of preparing and researching a dissertation will be examined and explained. These sessions will be spread across semester 1 and semester 2. In Semester 1, you will develop your initial dissertation proposal up to the point where you are ready to start writing the dissertation itself. You will develop your information-retrieval skills, familiarise yourself with your chosen subject, find solutions to any problems arising out of your research design, consider the significance of any ethical constraints, formulate your principal research question, and determine the methodology you will use. You are required to complete a 2000 word dissertation plan as part of your progress (however, the module grade will be entirely assessed against your final 8000-10000 word dissertation). In Semester 2 you will develop and amend the ideas in your dissertation plan, carry out further research, prepare and write the final dissertation. Supervision will continue to be provided through regular meetings with your supervisor.

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MP6007 -

Celebrity Media (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Celebrity Media’ explores the contemporary cultural phenomena variously dubbed ‘celebrity culture’. The module enables you to critically investigate and evaluate the key ways in which celebrity culture is located and expressed in the Western world and globally. You will therefore examine the links between celebrity and social factors such as: politics, economics, gender, religion, and crime. The module also places celebrity culture in relation to key cultural industries such as journalism, advertising, sport, and fashion. The module draws upon a range of academic literature that ranges from classic work to cutting edge books and journal material to ensure that students engage with appropriate ideas, concepts, and academic approaches. You will also apply classic sociologists such as Durkheim and Weber to the contemporary celebrity landscape.

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MP6008 -

Gender, Media and Society (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce students to some of the key themes associated with the relationship between media and gender. It will use key theoretical concepts, such as patriarchy and agenda-setting, to explore the varied forms of gendered media relations.

On completion of the module, students will understand the ways in which gender is constructed in and through the media and how characteristics such as race, ethnicity, age, sexuality and disability play a part. Seminars will provide opportunities for students to discuss their own learning and practise presentation skills.

The module will be assessed by three pieces of coursework, as follows:

Component1 - portfolio of short research reports (excluding the one used in the presentation) produced on each week’s lecture topic: 30%;
Component2 – powerpoint (or similar) presentation of at least one research report to be presented and discussed during a seminar: 20%
Component3 – essay of 1500 words: 50%

The Assessment Strategy allows students to demonstrate a range of different skills, which reflect the learning outcomes and teaching and learning strategy of the module.

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MP6009 -

Media and Morality (Optional, 20 Credits)

‘Media and Morality’ introduces you to a range of theoretical paradigms and arguments within moral philosophy. These ideas will be explored via contentious debates located in current affairs. Examples from news, media and popular culture will be drawn upon in order to a) illustrate the continuing relevance of moral concerns raised by classical thinkers such as Kant and Aristotle, and b) demonstrate the ubiquity of moral concerns in contemporary culture. The module aims to evince the ways in which moral theory can deepen our understanding of contentious issues that impact on our lives and rights as citizens. The module also aims to develop your ability to work with complex theoretical concepts and to present your views on such matters in the form of focused arguments (both during class discussion and the final written assessment).

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MP6012 -

Fashion Journalism (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the fundamental components of contemporary fashion journalism and fashion-related writing. The module is contextualised by academic understandings of the concept of fashion which is then narrowed to understand the fashion industry from a journalistic perspective. Building upon this foundational position, you will learn about specific writing approaches to fashion, from profiling designers and fashion houses, to covering trends, discussing specific fashion artefacts, catwalk and fashion events and PR. Fundamentally, you will learn about specific fashion writing styles and formats, such as magazine, broadcast, and social media and online digital platforms.

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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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