Other options

If you study English and Communications Studies BA at XJTLU you can choose from these options to study at the University of Liverpool on the XJTLU 2+2 programme.

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English BA (Hons): XJTLU 2+2 programme

Course details

The BA English degree programme gives you the flexibility to combine the study of literature and language in a balance that suits you, and offers optional modules in creative writing in the second and final years. The language modules aim to provide understanding of the historical, social and psychological factors that shape the English language used in everyday life, while the literature modules are designed to foster interpretive skills applying to a wide range of genres and historical periods.

Course overview

You will have the freedom to plan the specific path that you follow through the programme. We constantly monitor the curriculum and the modules on offer to ensure that the programme reflects current developments in the subject, and
conforms to national requirements.

Our Literature modules cover a wide range of texts, genres and themes from the early medieval period to the present day. Our Language modules aim to provide understanding of the historical, social and psychological factors that shape the English language used in everyday life.

Combinations

English and Business BA (Hons)

Within this programme, you will take half of your studies in the Department of English and the other half in the Management School. You will choose modules worth 30 credits from each department in each semester of study.

For the English half of the programme, you can choose from the same range of modules as other students on the English BA (Hons) programme, as listed below on this page.

For the Business half of your programme, you will take a selection of modules offered by the Management School to students on the Business Management BA programme, as outlined below.

Year two Business core modules

  • Business ethics (PHIL272)
  • Business in the global economy (MKIB225)
  • Financial management for business (ACFI205)
  • Principles of people management (ULMS207).

Year three Business modules

Core modules:

  • Managing knowledge for innovation (ULMS352)
  • Strategic management and business policy (ULMS353)
  • Psychological approaches to decision-making (ULMS351).

Optional modules:

You will also take one of the following optional modules:

  • Events management (MKIB367)
  • Global strategic management (MKIB351)
  • International marketing (MKIB356)
  • Tourism (MKIB337).

English and Communication Studies BA (Hons)

Within this programme, you will take half of your studies in the Department of Communication and Media and the other half in the Department of English.

You will choose modules worth 30 credits from each department in each semester of study. For the Communication Studies half of the programme, you can choose from the same range of modules as other students in the Department of Communication and Media. For the English half of your programme, you will choose from the same range of modules offered by the Department of English, as outlined below.

Course content and modules

Year two

Year two focuses on the major periods of English Literature and core aspects of English Language study. Modules available examine the literature of specific historical periods, eg the Renaissance, Victorian, or modernist, or areas of language study including child language acquisition or psycholinguistics.

You can choose to study 100% of your modules in English Literature or English Language (120 credits) or study either discipline in a 50:50 (60 credits in both) or 75:25 (90/30 credits) combination.

If you choose to study English language, you will have the freedom to choose your modules, up to the number of credits within the proportion you’ve selected.

To provide you with exposure to a variety of literary periods, the English Literature modules have been grouped. Depending on the proportion of literature modules you decided to pursue will determine which optional modules you select.

On the 2+2 programme, you'll study your third and fourth years at the University of Liverpool. These will be year two and year three of the University of Liverpool's programme of study.

Optional

Declaring Independence: American Literature to 1900 (ENGL201)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

In this module you will be introduced to many of the important literary works produced in America before the twentieth century. The course spans a broad range of literary genres and contexts, from the aftermath of the Revolution to the Progressive Era. We will investigate the changing definitions of what it means to be an American from divergent literary voices, including European immigrants, proto-feminists, and enslaved African Americans. By the end of the module you will gain a greater understanding of nineteenth-century America’s literary history and its surrounding critical debates. The module utilises a broadly chronological structure, which enables you to trace key historical themes—such as citizenship, colonialism, gender inequality, and slavery—across 120 years of American literature and culture, while attending to how writers respond to social change through developing literary forms such as the romance, the short story, and the slave narrative.

The module is taught through a combination of whole cohort and small group sessions. In the whole cohort sessions you will learn important contextual information on American literature of the period, ask your lecturer questions and in the small group sessions you will develop your critical analysis through close reading and discussion. The module is assessed through an essay and take home exam; whole cohort sessions will support your essay writing and revision.

CHILD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (ENGL256)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This module deals with one of the most fascinating subfields of (psycho)linguistics: child language acquisition. It is intended to serve as an introduction to the field, including a discussion of the major theoretical and methodological issues. Taking into account a bi/multilingual perspective throughout, the module covers lexical, morphological, syntactic and pragmatic development. Based on the critical discussion of research articles in class, students will conduct their own small-scale analysis as part of their assessment. Furthermore, there will be 4 screenings of documentaries throughout the semester in order to allow for a critical discussion of the representation of scientific research in the popular media (a mini-essay on one of the screened films is also part of the assessment).

CREATIVITY: SOCIALLY-ENGAGED WRITING PRACTICE (ENGL275)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This module introduces students to a variety of theoretical and practical contexts for thinking about creativity and the writing process. Students are given practical writing exercises and are encouraged to reflect upon their own practice. Students will also be encouraged to find innovative platforms and means of presenting their own creative work, and may choose to engage fully with the potential for creative thinking in the context of digital technologies and the new media.

DRAMA 1580-1640 (ENGL213)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

​This module covers a range of Renaissance drama, the contemporaries to Shakespeare, focussing on the relationship between page and stage and considering how an understanding of original performance conditions can influence our readings of the plays. 

BANNED: FICTION, SEX AND THE LIMITS OF DECENCY (ENGL298)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This module seeks to consider the history of literary censorship from France of the 1820s through to postwar Britain and Ireland. It considers issues such as moral propriety, ‘bad language’, and the representation of sexually explicit material.

LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY (ENGL276)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This course examines the interactive relationship between language and society. It explores language variation and the influence of social factors, such as social class, social networks and gender on the way we speak. Within the prism of interactional sociolinguistics, it examines speakers’ construction of social identities and the importance of context in identity construction. The module also aims to address sociolinguistic phenomena, such as diglossia, bilingualism and language shift that emerge from language contact. Relevant theories will be applied to naturally occurring data and methodological issues of data collection and analysis will be examined. The module is taught via synchronous or asynchronous whole cohort sessions, synchronous small group sessions, independent study and your own small scale sociolinguistic study in an area of language in society.

MODERNIST LITERATURE (ENGL232)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

In the period 1900–45 writers challenged all assumptions about what narrative does, about how we read, and how we represent and interpret the world. This module entails detailed study of some of the most radical modernist writers, such as T.S. Eliot, Mina Loy and Virginia Woolf. It also explores the contexts that shaped them and their innovations, from the city and visual art to empire and psychoanalysis. Together we’ll think about new understandings of time and the mind, new ideas about human relationships, and new dynamics between the silent and the stated, private and public, men and women, local and global, art and life.

MODERNIST MAGAZINES: HISTORY, FICTION AND THE LITERARY PERIODICAL (ENGL299)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This module will look at the history, context and content of some of the late 19th and early 20th century’s most important ‘little magazines’. Using the library Special Collections and Brown University’s Modernist Journals Project this module seeks to understand the role that literary magazines play within a culture and the historical background to their production. It will examine their material and print cultures, history and content in order to gain understanding of the role magazines played in their exploration of, or engagement with, various literary and historical movements. Topics covered will include sexuality, censorship, Modernism, the manifesto, State interference, and literary content, amongst others. Some of the magazines examined may include: The Savoy, To-Day, Blast, The Criterion, Ireland To-Day and Weird Tales. This module will suit students interested in journalism, magazine material and print cultures, censorship, and historical contexts. The module aims to engage students with primary historical research through classes in special collections and through digital resources.

PRAGMATICS (ENGL274)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

Pragmatics is the study of meaning in context, of how the situation surrounding a sentence/utterance, (who said it, where, when and why?) influences how we understand its meaning. This 30 credit Level 2 module examines several relevant theories and looks at some of the ways that these theories are being applied to other areas of study (e.g. to how children learn language). It is delivered through weekly teaching sessions, and assessed by an assignment and a take-home paper.

PSYCHOLINGUISTICS (ENGL202)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

This module explores questions concerning the relationship of language to consciousness. This entails addressing questions concerning the nature of language in its evolutionary, acquisitional, developmental and degenerative stages. Through examining a range of communication systems, such as those used by computers, apes, and other animals, students will achieve an understanding of the unique nature of language in its relation to the human mind.

RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE: POETRY, PROSE AND DRAMA 1660-1789 (ENGL272)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

The module looks at literature in all genres from the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is the period when the novel-form emerged; when poetry was sometimes epic (or mock-epic) and also began to cultivate a focus on the self and subjectivity; when drama turned theatrical conventions inside-out; when fantasies in the satiric mode sought to vex the world and when female authors entered the marketplace.

Romantic Literature (ENGL218)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

The main aims of the module are; to introduce you to a wide range of texts from the Romantic period; to improve reading skills specific to those texts; and to give you an informed sense of the wider cultural history of the time and the interconnections between different forms of writing in the period.

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH: VARIATION AND CHANGE (ENGL221)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

In this module, students will learn about the processes, mechanisms, events and ideologies that have contributed to the change of the English language across time. Students will experience different types of teaching environments, including general group sessions and practical small-group teaching sessions. The general-group sessions will be used to survey general themes, approaches or methodologies to historical linguistic analysis. The small-group sessions will be based around different types of exercises (eg discussion of research articles, text-analysis) and provide group discussion of relevant language issues and their implications in a wider context.

VICTORIAN LITERATURE (ENGL243)

Credits: 30 / Semester:

The aim of the Victorian Literature module is to expose students to a wide variety of texts written and published between 1837 and 1901, an extremely diverse period of literary history. The module will also provide opportunities for close analysis, application of literary theory and consideration of contextual issues in relation to the texts studied as a means of helping students to develop skills that will be useful in other literature modules.

Your experience

The Department of English is based in the School of the Arts, although teaching will take place across the campus. We are committed to small group teaching, which encourages a more rewarding learning experience, where ideas are shared and explored with your peers and tutors.

Virtual tour

Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

  • Dedicated learning and teaching support officers to help with your studies
  • Careers and employability support, including help with work placements and starting your career
  • Advice on studying abroad from a dedicated Study Abroad Officer

An exciting place to study English

  • Dedicated to small group teaching
  • Teaching includes visits from poets, novelists and dramatists
  • Hosts of the Liverpool Literary Festival, a popular yearly event which has featured well-known authors such as Neil Gaiman
  • Best-selling author Colm Toibin is Chancellor of the university
  • Six of our staff have been named as New Generation Thinkers by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Active research environment includes the Centre for New and International Writing and Literature and Science Hub

What students say...

After I came to Liverpool, I believe my English skill has been already improved into another high stage, not only for writing but also for listening and speaking.

Ge Hongqi, BA (Hons) English