English Language and Literature BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
The English Language and Literature degree provides students with an in-depth knowledge of English language and a detailed understanding of literature across a range of literary periods and movements. It puts particular emphasis on exploring and analysing the relationship between language and the development of literature.
Through the programme students will become familiar with the major periods of literary expression and with the principal forms of critical understanding. It covers a number of different language disciplines, including structural, sociolinguistic and historical dimensions. The degree is structured in order to give students an increasing amount of independence as learners. In Year 3 they will have the option to choose to do either a literature- or language-based dissertation as well as choose from a wide range of modules.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The English Language and Literature programme provides a balance of direct instruction and the opportunity for active assimilation, questioning and debate. Oral presentations and group work will help you to develop transferable skills important for employability.
Research informed teaching shapes the content and delivery of this programme. As you progress there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning.
Second year modules allow for greater depth in study and there is an increasing emphasis on extended written assignments, supported through seminars, lectures and small group work.
In Year 3 you will have the option to choose to do either a literature- or language-based dissertation as well as choose from a wide range of modules. The dissertation requires you to formulate your own question and plan and manage your research into a chosen area of knowledge.
You will be assessed through written coursework, dissertation, examinations, portfolios, poster presentation, learning diaries, analyses of transcribed language and reports of ethnographic studies.
Most forms of assessment will be accompanied by a self-evaluation form which students' complete before handing in written work. This begins the assessment process by requiring students to reflect critically on their own work.
The sets of achievements, skills, understandings and personal attributes that make graduates more likely to gain employment are embedded within the degree itself at every level of study. Employers are looking for intelligent, well-rounded graduates who have a depth of understanding, who can think critically and creatively about problems and are well-organised and capable of showing initiative.
There are a range of opportunities open to graduates of English Language and Literature: in postgraduate study, education, business, the civil service, human resources, finance and specialised areas such as journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, media, PR and communications.
Opportunities to plan and think about future employment are provided through the guidance tutor system and in scheduled talks from colleagues in the Careers Service which offers guidance on interview techniques, preparing a C.V., job applications and job searches. Additionally, the Careers Service offers an annual Careers Fair.
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