English Literature and History BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
This degree brings together the areas of English and History into an interdependent study which also trains students in the skills and methodologies of degree study in the humanities.
The programme of study begins with a basic grounding in the methods and disciplines of each of the subjects. In Year 2, students go on to study less familiar material on more intellectually challenging issues, to enable students to broaden their grasp of the subjects and to build on the first year of study. In the final year, they are given a choice from a wide range of options to develop their studies further, and students will also complete a dissertation on a topic of their choice.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Through a balance of lectures, seminars, workshops and group and individual tutorials, teaching methods are designed to support an increasing emphasis on specialisation and independent critical thinking and judgement, as you progress from year to year.
Lectures are used to stimulate learning and to provide a context for independent study. Specific tasks are set as preparation for seminars with their group discussions, whilst tutorials are used primarily for advice on assessed work and for feedback. Workshops support the practical elements of the programme and the dissertation.
Particularly in final year option modules, teaching reflects staff research expertise.
Assessment tasks become increasingly specialised as you progress through your degree, ensuring that you develop an expertise in the advanced study of both English Literature and History appropriate to graduates in these disciplines. The range of assignments includes essays, various types of primary source work and critical analyses, written examinations, multiple-choice tests, portfolios, practical report-writing, article reviews and a dissertation.
Part of the distinctiveness of the English Literature and History programme lies in the combination of academic rigour with a concern for practicality and employability. This programme is unusual in offering students the opportunity to undertake a short work experience project as part of the curriculum.
By the time you complete the degree, you should feel secure in your knowledge, understanding and skills, enabling you to approach the world of employment with self-assurance and a realistic sense of your own ability.
Our students are well placed to be successful in a great variety of professions. Graduates go on to a wide range of jobs including managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local and central government, the police, and the civil service. Others move into careers in business including the retail sector, information technology and advertising.
Some of our graduates choose a dedicated career path by taking an additional qualification and entering the teaching, and legal professions. Postgraduate study at Master's and Doctoral levels is also a popular choice.
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