Film Studies with English BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: T370
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 with no score less than 4. /
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Module details

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Approaches to Film (FILM102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within Film Studies;

    To develop students' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to close readings of film texts;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Show an awareness of the key theoretical and conceptual debates within Film Studies

    (LO2) Understand film within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a film

    (LO4) Successfully apply a close reading to films across a range of different national and industrial contexts

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities – Independence

  • Film Cultures (FILM104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To understand different sites of film exhibition, for example: Festivals, streaming platforms, made for internet videos, television films / miniseries;

    To analyse digital and physical sites of distribution in relation to the genres and types of films exhibited;

    To analyse film as a global medium;

    To understand the cultural contexts within which these films circulate and the ways in which they create cultural meanings;

    To address and interrogate concepts of taste in the ways in which films circulate and are granted space in media beyond the screen;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand different sites of film exhibition for example festivals, streaming platforms, made for internet videos. Television films / miniseries.

    (LO2) Understand film as a global medium.

    (LO3) Evaluate the cultural contexts within which these films circulate and the ways in which they create cultural meanings.

    (LO4) To address and interrogate concepts of taste in the ways in which films circulate and are granted space in media beyond the screen.

    (S1) Critical analysis and independent thinking.

    (S2) Global citizenship and cultural awareness.

    (S3) Communication: oral, written visual to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

  • Introduction to Film Language (FILM101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore the ways in which a film creates meaning, and to provide students with the ability to identify and explain the techniques used by a film-maker and the results obtained;

    To foster a capacity for precise and sophisticated observation, and for intelligent structured discussion of what is observed;

    To develop confidence and intellectual depth in discussion, ability to present information succinctly both orally and in writing;

    To develop students’ knowledge of the formal and technical language of film analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Have a working knowledge of thetechnical vocabulary of cinema and be able to produce precise description of the construction of a piece of audiovisual material.

    (LO2) Critically analyse audio visual material in terms of its mise-en-scène, camera-work, editing and soundtechnique, and to indicate how these elements contribute to the understanding of the whole.

    (LO3) Observe and comment on the ways in which these elements may inflect the explicit meaning of the text.

    (LO4) Understand and discuss different techniques of film narrative.

    (LO5) Write in a clear and well-informed way on the construction and meaning of film.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S7) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S8) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S9) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a film

  • Introduction to Film Research (FILM106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To broaden anddeepen students ’ understanding of film texts in context; To develop students' critical skills when confronted with academic writing; To increase students' confidence in handling theoretical concepts in relation to specific texts; To introducestudents to techniques of independent research, including question formulation,data-gathering, project organisation and time management.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the study skills needed for an independently researched project.

    (LO2) Ability to organise a project into appropriate chapters and stages etc.

    (LO3) Ability to recognise and develop research worthy ideas and to explain their interest convincingly.

    (LO4) Ability to manage working time effectively and to take responsibility for regular tasks.

    (LO5) A deeper understanding of the concepts taught in other modules (especially FILM102) and an ability to use them to underpin independent research.

    (S1) Information skills - critical reading

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing

    (S3) Communication skills - Media analysis

    (S4) Communication skills - Academic writing

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Research skills - all communication skills

  • Introduction to Sound and Music in Audiovisual Media (MUSI170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To explore music's relationship with film and establish the soundtrack's central role in our interpretation of key elements of this artistic medium.
    To investigate the practicalities of film music composition.
    To engage theoretically with audio-visual modes of discourse.
    To use key theories and ideologies within the field of film music scholarship as a basis for the critical analysis of film sound and music.
    To set a fundamental understanding of the film soundtrack that allows for the further investigation of other components within audio-visual media (such as television, music videos, youtube, videogames).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The ability to read and discuss key texts in a critical and comparative manner

    (LO2) The ability to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music in audio-visual media

    (LO3) The ability to discuss, together, music/sound, image, and narrative

    (LO4) The ability to utilise appropriate theoretical frameworks in the critical analysis of audio-visual media

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Sound, Image and Meaning (COMM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to provide students with a foundational understanding of: Notions of influence within work in Communication Studies The role of sound and visuals in signifying meaning in media texts How meaning and influence have been researched, and the difficulties involved in designing successful research in these areas In helping students to develop these types of knowledge and understanding, it seeks to provide skills that can be drawn on in subsequent modules that involve formal analysis of media texts and work on media content and institutional organisation more broadly.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to develop a critical understanding of the role of reader interpretation in helping to determine the meaning of media texts and in guiding responses to them.

    (LO2) Students will be a ble to learn to analyse the ways in which different components of media texts are organised to signify meanings.

    (LO3) Students will be able to gain an introductory understanding of the ways in which meaning and influence have been conceptualised and researched.

    (LO4) Students will be able to practise and develop an ability to apply research, understanding and analysis in seminar and group discussion and in producing coursework.

    (S1) Literacy: application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

Year Two Optional Modules

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence ); Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction;

    To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully;

    To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year module;

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields; To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into the interaction of film and political authority, the structures which the authorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and the ways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulated or occasionally feared to the point of suppression;

    To examine specific films, scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of the interaction of film and political and /or other authority;

    To introduce students to theoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

  • The Italian Cinema (ITAL223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce students to the major periods and some of the major films of one of the most significant of European National cinemas, through a selection of films which are available in sub-titled versions in this country;

    To give students an understanding of the range of Italian cinema, its influence on Europe as a whole, and its very particular nature (with a particular consideration to the strong division between the internationally influential ‘art-film’ production of the 1950s and 1960s, and the generic popular films which brought in the domestic audience and have recently begun to attract notice abroad);

    To broaden students’ perceptions of ‘European’ cinema, to give them a basis for comparison which they can use in their other modules on this course;

    To increase students’ analytical tools and vocabulary with respect to different types of cultural production;

    To increase students’ awareness of the social function of film (and cultural production in general) and the role it plays both for its audience and (to some extent) in the intellectual life of a culture in general;

    To make students aware of possible aspects of film culture which they may wish to explore further in their final year or during their year in Europe;

    To increase students’ confidence in written and oral analysis and debate.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broad knowledge of the history of Italian cinema so that students will be able both to compare it with other European cinemas and to assess current Italian films and issues in Italian cinema in a historical context.

    (LO2) An awareness of the different roles and functions of ‘auteur’ and popular cinema, of the issues for film studies which these different types of production imply, and of some possibly fruitful avenues for further study.

    (LO3) An ability to discuss both orally and in written form concepts relating both to formal innovation (where authorial intent must be taken into account) and to generic norms and issues of spectatorship (applying theoretical concepts to popular cultural forms)

    (LO4) Confidence in dealing with film texts where (it must be assumed) the principal language is not one they are familiar with, and an ability to make allowances for this and to come to the appropriate terms with their own position in relation to the culture they are studying.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S7) Research skills - independent analysis

  • Introduction to French Cinema (FREN236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the basic language of film analysis; To introduce students to the rich cultural field which the cinema has represented in France through study of selected films from particularly significant periods, giving them a background of reference points and an understanding of how cinema has developed in France; To cultivate habits of close visual analysis and careful structuring of such analysis ; To increase confidence in class discussion and presentation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students should be able to give an intelligent and informed account of how any film (from whatever culture) is put together, the ways in which it engages its audience and the messages it conveys.

    (LO2) Students will develop thorough and perceptive powers of observation and interpretation of the elements of a cinematic text both visual and aural

    (LO3) Students will be able to explain their observations in a structured way, in written analyses and also orally in front of a class, in the latter case using visual aids when appropriate.

    (LO4) Students will be able to insert their detailed observations into a thematic or historical context in order to show how a particular film deals with larger issues, and to construct a well-written essay to explain their ideas.

    (LO5) Students should have a basic overview of major directors and trends in the history of the cinema in France, which will enable them to see other French films in their historical and artistic context.

    (S1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language

    (S7) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S8) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S10) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Spanish and Latin American Cinemas: An Introduction (HISP229)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the cinematic dimension of Spanish and Latin American cultures;

    To create an awareness of the economic forces which frame the film industry in Spain and Latin America in specific areas of contemporary political and cultural life;

    To develop students' skills in close textual analysis of a range of film texts;  

    To explore the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts within Spain and Latin America.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge of the cinematic practices and cultures of Spain and Latin America.

    (LO2) Show an understanding of the ways in which Spanish and Latin American film are shaped by wider economic and cultural forces.

    (LO3) Show an ability to apply close readings to film texts

    (LO4) Display an understanding of the relationship between film, society and politics across various national contexts with Spain and Latin America.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • German Cinema From the Expressionism to the Present (GRMN225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the history of German national cinema from its origins to the present day with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, the Third Reich, post-war film, the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s; To introduce students to the work of key German directors including F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wender; To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production; To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system/‘Autorenkino’) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will understand the emergence and development of German national cinema from its origins until the present.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of academic debates about major periods or movements in German film – Weimar film and ‘Expressionism’, the Third Reich, post-war cinema, the New German Cinema and post-unification cinema – and of current academic debates about them.

    (LO3) Students will develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to evaluate a variety of film materials from a range of different periods and styles.

    (LO4) Students will be able to evaluate a range of other varieties of textual and historical evidence, to assess its relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Immersive Media and VIrtual Worlds B (COMM211)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the histories of immersive media and virtual world forms To introduce students to theories and conceptual approaches to immersion, digital realism, cognition and simulation. To encourage students to develop advanced textual analysis skills in relation to virtual images. To en courage students to widen their knowledge and understanding of the industry contexts in which immersive experience and virtual worlds are produced and consumed.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the histories and theories of immersive experiences and virtual realities and worlds.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate the capacity to develop critical insight and textual analysis skills of virtual reality texts.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate and accurate terminology and concepts when explaining immersive and virtual reality technologies.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the industrial and entertainment contexts around, and uses of, immersive experiences and virtual realities.

    (S1) Problem solving skills.

    (S2) Commercial awareness.

    (S3) Organisational skills.

    (S4) Communication skills.

    (S5) International awareness.

  • Projecting China: An Introduction to Chinese Cinema (HIST277)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary Chinese cinema (principally produced in the People’s Republic of China), both in terms of itshistorical development and its recent spread around the world;

    To introduce a number of landmarks in the history of 20th century China, through their representations in filmic texts;

    To develop students’ abilities to present and organise arguments clearly, and to analyse problems, in relation to these issues;

    To enhance students’ skills in the critical evaluation of primary sources (specifically films) and historiography.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondaryevidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) The ability to develop and sustainhistorical arguments and utilise evidence, with regard to the history andhistoriography of the development of Chinese cinema, as well as therepresentation of Chinese history in Chinese cinema.

    (S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

    (S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

    (S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

    (S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

    (S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression

  • India After Gandhi: Culture, Identity and the Nation (HIST231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to post-colonial Indian history;

    To introduce students to using films as historical sources;

    To encourage students to consider the role of culture in fashioning identities and about the nature and challenges of being ‘post-colonial’, as well as about the nature and effects of globalisation;

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Anability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

    (LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

    (LO3) An ability to read, analyse and reflectcritically and contextually upon films as primary sources.

    (S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

    (S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion.

    (S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

    (S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

    (S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression.

  • Music in Gaming (MUSI273)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an overview of technological development and a basic (non-technical) appreciation of how sound and music are generated via gaming software/hardware; and to understand the role of the former in determining compositional design across different 'generations' of gaming hardware.

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between music and gaming contexts (eg genre, narrative function, immersion, emotion, and character portrayal).

    To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between game-music and other forms of music (eg orchestral styles, film music, popular music in compiled tracks).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of gaming hardware/software and the extent to which this determines, by limiting or affording, the incorporation of sound/music.

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between music in gaming and other gameplay factors (such as narrative, immersion, game-cues).

    (LO3) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical, cultural, and ludomusicological issues, as presented and discussed in both historical and contemporary scholarship.

    (LO4) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes) to original case-study examples.

    (S1) Communication skills.

    (S2) Research skills.

    (S3) Comprehension.

    (S4) Critical thinking.

    (S5) Writing skills.

    (S6) Applied skills.

    (S7) IT skills.

  • Global Hollywood B: From Film Art to Media Entertainment (COMM203)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    The aims of this module are:
    To introduce students to the role played by the Hollywood film industry in the development of modern trans-national entertainment networks.
    To enable students to understand the relationship between film style (aesthetics) and structures of industrial organization at various points in Hollywood's history.
    To provide students with an understanding of the ways in which national / cultural identities in Hollywood films relate to changing industrial and social contexts of film production and consumption.
    To help students understand recent debates about media convergence and the globalisation of media entertainment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be familiar with a number of terms and concepts used in film criticism and analysis.

    (LO2) Students will have developed an understanding of the role played by US films in mobilising social and cultural identities, especially around particular formations of nationality and gender.

    (LO3) Students will have the ability to identify the commercial imperatives of film and television texts.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

    (S2) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S4) Commercial awareness

    (S5) Communication skills

  • Understanding Documentary (COMM282)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to introduce students to ideas about the form and function of documentary work as it has developed internationally since the 1920s in film and later television. Through lectures, screenings, reading and discussion, students will be encouraged to develop an analytical knowledge of:
    • The range of purposes claimed for documentary work.
    • Key forms and approaches employed at different moments in the history of documentary.
    • Relationships between documentary work and the 'real world' to which it refers.
    • Issues of 'truthfulness' and the ethics of documentary representations.
    • Documentary-makers' strategies to appeal to audiences or yield responses from them.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrates a critical awareness of debates surrounding the representation of 'the real' in film and television texts.

    (LO2) Demonstrates familiarity with and understanding of the terms and concepts used in describing and evaluating documentary work in film and television.

    (LO3) Demonstrates familiarity with and understanding of key visual and verbal components of documentary organisation.

    (LO4) Demonstrates the ability to read and critically evaluate film and television texts based on real subjects.

    (S1) Proficient use of electronic resources and tools for research as specified and required.

    (S2) Time management, organisation of work, proficient use of English, referencing.

    (S3) Analysis of film and television texts; understanding and application of appropriate terminology and criteria.

    (S4) Understanding and analysis of ethical obligations of documentary film-makers.

  • Music in World Cinema (MUSI270)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    - To study the musical practices of film traditions outside the Anglophone world and their cultural contexts, with particular emphasis on comparisons to classical Hollywood practice - To build on knowledge acquired in first year modules on world music and music in audio-visual media - To develop students' abilty to think and write about music in audio-visual contexts

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to demonstrate familiarity with ideas about music and film in several other cultures.

    (LO2)  Ability to explain the relationship between theory and the cultural context in which it has arisen, as well as the challenges of applying theories to texts from cultures outside that context.

    (LO3) Ability to deploy comparative and cross-cultural perspectives in the understanding of the relationships between music and film as well as their cultural contexts

    (LO4) Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including Higher level analytical and essay-writing skills, including more advanced argumentation and handling difficult bibliographic challenges.

    (S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

  • American Literature (ENGL201)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    The aims of this module are: to trace the historical development of American literature through the American Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century; to examine burgeoning movements such as American Gothic and Transcendentalism among other topics; to analyse how American writers engage with the subject of their nation, especially with the stated ideals of the new republic; and to explore the different formal means they employ to express American identities.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completing this module, students will be able to demonstrate awareness and understanding of: - the evolution of American literature from the seventeenth century up to c.1900

    (LO2) - the range of styles with which American writers of the period describe their past or situate themselves in relation to American culture

    (LO3) - the tradition of criticism of this literature

    (LO4) - the ability to demonstrate their own confident critical understanding of American literature of the period.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Information skills - Critical reading

  • Creativity: Socially-engaged Writing Practice (ENGL275)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1. The aims of the module are: to give students an opportunity to think about how creative writing engages with a global society, social justice, political and environmental issues and human rights.

    2.  To introduce and develop an awareness of the creative writing process, across poetry, prose, literary essays, journalist writing, reviews and other forms of online and printed writing.

    3.  To develop writing skills in conjunction with an understanding of social activism.

    4.  To introduce and develop an awareness of the function and importance of the drafting process.

    5.  To foster independent reading of contemporary writing in a variety of genre and media.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Knowledge and understanding of the range of approaches to writing and social activism;

    (LO2) An ability to constructively evaluate their own writing and that of their peers;

    (LO3) A familiarity of and an experimentation with a variety of literary techniques;

    (LO4) A practical insight into the creation of texts that will feed into their understanding of contemporary social and political issues.

    (LO5) An understanding through practical work of the range of options available to writers engaging with social activism.

    (LO6) Familiarity and experimentation with a range of literary techniques and writing styles.

    (LO7) Independent thinking around contemporary approaches to socially-engaged writing practice processes.

    (S1) Research skills

    (S2) Employability skills (journalistic writing)

    (S3) Global citzenship

    (S4) Creativity

  • Friars, Whores and Rovers: Drama 1580-1640 (ENGL213)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce you to the variety of interesting and important theatre in the period 1580-1640 and to encourage an intelligent analysis of drama as a genre, involving the ability to respond to the plays via a number of different approaches.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module you should be able to find ways of cross-referencing and comparing plays in terms of genre, convention and theatrical mode as well as having an understanding of staging contexts and an ability to respond to them creatively.

    (S1) Problem solving: critical thinking, creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Positive attitude and self-confidence: a 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, and openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

    (S3) Research management: developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting and using data, applying research methods, and applying ethics.

  • Language in Society (ENGL276)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To make students aware of the interactive relationship between language and society. To familiarise students with variation in the use of language. To provide students with experience in conducting their own small scale sociolinguistic research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social dimension of language and its implication for applied areas, including language education and policy.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate the ability to critically compare and evaluate relevant theoretical concepts within the field of sociolinguistics.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of sociolinguistic methodology that allows students to collect language data and to analyse this data from a sociolinguistic perspective.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scope of sociolinguistics in relation to other linguistic disciplines.

    (S1) Investigative skills: searching out and synthesising information stored on paper, electronically or visually; developing skills of independent investigation, interacting with colleagues

    (S2) Problem-solving skills: formulating problems (factual, empirical, theoretical) in precise terms, identifying key issues, developing the confidence to address challenging problems using a variety of different approaches

    (S3) Communication/ verbal skills: developing the ability to listen carefully, to present complex information in a clear, concise and sophisticated manner both in writing and by oral presentation, and to present a discussion based on information collected from various sources and coherently synthesised, using appropriate referencing conventions

    (S4) Thinking/ intellectual skills: developing the ability to interpret and present data, critically address complex ideas, construct logical arguments, and use technical language correctly

    (S5) Personal Organisation skills: developing the ability to undertake self-directed study and learning, manage their time efficiently, and to plan, design and accomplish a significant piece of research or an inquiry, either independently or as a member of a team

    (S6) Self – development skills: developing the ability to work independently, to use their initiative, to organise their time properly and to interact constructively with others

    (S7) Information Technology: developing the ability to use their computing and IT skills to help find, store and interpret information, to produce electronic documents and to use appropriate software confidently

  • Medieval Narratives (ENGL270)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce a range of medieval narrative literature and common themes found there through studying a variety of texts in the original Middle English, alongside some others written in Anglo-Norman (studied in translation).
    To provide a basic reading knowledge of Middle English.
    To introduce students to the issues involved in editing early literature.
    To introduce students to a range of medieval cultural, intellectual, and literary contexts through the study of Middle English literature.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will develop an appreciation of the diversity of medieval narratives.

    (LO2) Students will understand and have a critical appreciation of major narrative texts within the medieval period.

    (LO3) Students will develop enhanced reading and critical skills relative to this literature.

    (LO4) Students will have a basic reading ability in Middle English language.

    (LO5) Students will have an appreciation of the place of this literature within the broader context of English literary history.

    (LO6) Students will have a basic understanding of how early texts might be edited.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication: oral, written and visual - Academic writing, including referencing skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing: Locating relevant information and Identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

  • Modernist Literature: 1900-1945 (ENGL232)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    To equip you with the sophisticated reading skills needed to interpret modernist texts.
    To examine previous critical responses to these texts and weigh arguments against each other.
    To compare techniques developed by writers with those developed by artists in other media, including painting, music and film.
    To develop a critical appreciation of experimental narrative techniques, their purposes, effects, and implications. 
    To develop and deploy the nuanced forms of expression which will enable you to articulate your responses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will be able to interpret subtle or ambiguous qualities of a text (such as tone, voice, and structure), and justify your interpretation.

    (LO2) You will be able to cite a range of critical perspectives and explain which aspects of the course texts are elucidated by particular critical arguments.

    (LO3) You will have developed the confidence to talk about a modernist painting or piece of music and an appreciation of concerns shared by artists in different media.

    (LO4) You will be able to discuss the implications of various narrative styles and techniques (eg. interior monologue, allusion, 'unreliable' narration).

    (LO5) You will have extended and refined your critical vocabulary and powers of argument such that you can clearly communicate your ideas about the course texts.

    (S1) Ability to form sustained, coherent arguments with evidence marshalled from disparate and challenging sources.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Pragmatics (ENGL274)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module aims to enable students to understand and apply a range of pragmatic theories. Specifically, it clarifies, (as far as possible) the distinction between semantics and pragmatics in accounting for communicated meaning, and the range of ways in which pragmatic meaning has been explained. It encourages students to consider the relative merits of different pragmatics theories as analytical approaches to meaning in context. It introduces and discusses the implications of pragmatics for our understanding of the nature and use of language in a range of different 'real world' situations.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will be able to analyse relevant linguistic data using a range of pragmatic frameworks.

    (LO2) Critically compare and evaluate different pragmatic theories in relation to this data.

    (LO3) Assess the insights that pragmatic theory can offer into a range of linguistic issues concerning the nature, acquisition and use of language.

    (S1) Knowledge and understanding of core theories of Pragmatics and how these relate to other areas of language study/work.

    (S2) Ability to critically evaluate core theories of Pragmatics.

    (S3) Ability to apply theories of Pragmatics to data.

    (S4) Effective academic writing and referencing.

    (S5) Effective, targeted linguistic research.

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

  • Psycholinguistics (ENGL202)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    The main aim of this module is to explore questions concerning the relationship of language to consciousness. This will entail addressing questions concerning the nature of language in its evolutionary, acquisitional, developmental and degenerative stages, and the nature of human language as compared to non-human communication systems, such as those used by computers, apes, and other animals.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate awareness of the main issues in the psychology of language, and in the philosophy of mind in relation to language.

    (LO2) Demonstrate ability to give critical accounts of a range of human and non-human communication systems in their various stages of development.

    (LO3) Demonstrate awareness of the practical and ethical considerations which arise from engaging with human language in its various stages of development, and with non-human communication.

    (LO4) Be able to articulate 1-3 above in an appropriate academic style.

    (S1) Adaptability

    (S2) Problem solving skills

    (S3) Organisational skills

    (S4) Communication skills

    (S5) Ethical awareness

    (S6) Teamwork

  • Renaissance Poetry & Prose (ENGL236)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    The main aims of the module are:

    ·        to develop an appreciation and understanding of the poetry and prose of the Renaissance;

    ·        to develop a sense of the nature of the English literary Renaissance and of the generic expectations and reading methods of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

    Learning Outcomes

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    On completing this module students will be able to demonstrate: an enhanced sense of the range of writing of the period;

     

    an understanding of Renaissance literary expectations and reading methods;

    enhanced reading skills in relation to literature of the period;​

    knowledge and understanding of the cultural and historical contexts in which Renaissance literature is situated.

  • Restoration and Eighteenth-century Literature: Poetry, Prose and Drama 1660-1789 (ENGL272)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    The module will introduce students to the wide range of writing in the period 1660-1789, including the rise of the novel and developments within poetic and dramatic genres. The module will investigate the literature of the period in the context of developments in society, in enlightenment thought and in the modes of literary production and consumption.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Substantial knowledge of literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.

    (LO2) Improved reading skills specific to understanding and analysing this literature.

    (LO3) An informed sense of the wider cultural history of the period and the interconnections between its writings.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing including referencing skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S5) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S7) Skills in using technology - Using common applications, eg work processing, databases, spreadsheets

    (S8) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

  • Romantic Literature (ENGL218)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    To introduce you to a wide range of texts from the Romantic and pre-Romantic period. To improve reading skills specific to those texts. 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate awareness of a range of literary forms and idioms in English Literature from c. 1770 to c. 1830

    (LO2) Show an awareness of main issues in the literature of the period

    (LO3) Relate elements of this literature to specific historical and cultural contexts

    (LO4) Investigate these issues in individual and collaborative discussion

    (LO5) Plan, research, and execute an assessed essay showing the application of the above skills, and demonstrate these skills and appropriate knowledge in a three-hour examination

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Research skills - All Information skills

  • The English Language Across Time: Variation and Change (ENGL284)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The main aims of the module are: To examine some of the most important language developments in the history of English. To introduce students to some modern theories of language change and how they account for the developments mentioned in (1). To develop students' ability to analyse critically processes of language change. To familiarise students with some research tools for the study of the history of English.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:A basic understanding of some of the main changes that the English language has undergone through time and how they relate to modern theories of language change.

    (LO2) An ability to critically analyse (historical) texts concerned with selected aspects of the history of English.

    (LO3) An ability to use selected on-line resources and databases to study particular aspects of the history of English.

    (S1) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S4) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

  • Victorian Literature (ENGL243)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
    Aims

    The main aims of the module are to provide intensive study of a wide range of writing between 1837 and 1901, including the development of the realist novel, the problematic status of poetry, and the rise of women writers and to provide a context for such study in the light of the social and religious changes of the period.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with a wide range of Victorian works, in all their differing forms and characteristics.

    (LO2) An ability to produce written work on the texts of the period, demonstrating analytical skill, critical and contextual awareness and awareness of good academic practice.

    (LO3) The ability to discuss knowledgeably a period of rich diversity and change. The student will have some awareness of contextual problems of belief, identity, and social order, as well as personal, family, sexual and public relations which lie behind Victorian questioning.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing, including referencing skills

    (S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S10) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S11) Information skills - Information accessing:Locating relevant information and Identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S12) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them;

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules;

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Aspects of Cinematic Realism (FILM302)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The module will introduce students to the theoretical and practical implications of the realist aesthetic as it has been interpreted at different times and places in the history of film. Using this central concept as a base, the module aims to make students aware of the evolution of critical and theoretical approaches to film, its function and its mode of operation, from classical film criticism, through the semiotically-based analyses of the sixties and seventies, to more recent concentration on spectatorship and audience reception;

    The module aims to encourage a critical evaluation of realism as aconcept and of particular film-texts in the light of the theory underlying their production;

    The module aims to equip students with skills to engage in careful textual analysis and to assess comparatively how different stylistic choices mediate audience engagement with the reality that is notionally represented;

    At final-year level this module aims to enable students to work at a level of some theoretical sophistication and to show ability to relate complex general ideas to particular instances.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle them with relation to specific texts.

    (LO2) An awareness of the critical and practical debates which have been engaged in Europe around the artistic potential and the vocational function of cinema, ability to assess the various positions critically and to formulate rigorous arguments to explain the student's own position.

    (LO3) Understanding of the various complex implications of an apparently simple concept.

    (LO4) Ability to express ideas succinctly and to carry out independent textual (visual) analysis.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S6) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S7) Information skills - Information accessing: Locating relevant information and identifying and evaluating information sources

    (S8) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Cinema and Narratives of French Society (FREN337)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module will study the ways in which French cinema has approached, and occasionally helped to construct, the history of the twentieth century. We will look at the options available to film-makers faced with the task of recording and representing their own society, including ways in which the construction of such narratives has been questioned, with a view to assessing cinema’s role in the never-ending process of construction of French cultural identity;

    The module aims to raise students’ awareness of the ways in which Frenchness has been represented;

    The module will introduce them to theories of cinematic representation and to the ways in which these impinge on the world-view of the spectator;

    Students will gain awareness of the role which cinema plays in society (French society especially);

    Students will gain experience in close analysis of the implications of key texts, through their formal choices as well as their content.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of the changing representation of French history and French society in a popular national medium.

    (LO2) Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle them with relation to specific texts

    (LO3) Ability to express ideas succinctly and to carry out extended independent textual (visual) analysis.

    (LO4) Ability to undertake critical analysis of cultural representations and to relate them appropriately to their context.

    (S1) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Information skills - Evaluation

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S8) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S9) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S10) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • The German Cinema Since 1990 (GRMN330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a detailed knowledge of the German cinema since 1990 and its social and institutional context;           To sensitise students to debates about the return of popular-genre and star-led cinema in the German film industry since 1990 and the rise of so-called 'heritage' cinema;           To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production;            To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the ongoing development of film within the social, institutional and commercial context of the German film industry of the 1990s.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the critical debates surrounding the return of genre cinema and popular film-making in the German film industry in the 1990s and they will be able to relate these to debates about German film-making before 1990.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the work of some of the most important film directors to have emerged in since 1990 and the relation of their work to traditions of German film-making and international trends

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate a critical grasp of a range of visual, textual and other historical material, an ability to extract and synthesise information and to express arguments cogently in writing.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Screening Spain: Contemporary Spanish Film and Television (HISP344)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To analyse television, film (documentary and narrative) from Spain in the context of Spanish culture and wider theories of media and cultural studies;

    To examine a number of Spanish films and television productions with their broader sociohistorical, political and industrial contexts;

    To explore the ways in which Spanish film and television responds to and intervenes in contemporary social and political debates;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an advanced understanding and knowledge of theories of film and television.

    (LO2) Be able to show how the texts studied on the course intervene in debates surrounding contemporary social and / or political issues.

    (LO3) Apply theoretical approaches or secondry literature to the analysis of film and television.

    (LO4) Successfully consider issues of representation in film and television in terms of Spanish cultural studies and media studies.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

  • Italian Crime Stories: From Noir Fiction to Mafia Films (ITAL321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce and broaden the students’ perceptions of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film; To introduce a variety of theoretical and critical approaches and considers how the different sources can relate to each other and to society; To explore and analyse a variety of sources (including novels, films and TV series); To make students aware of relevant aspects of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film which they may wish to explore further in postgraduate research programmes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to understand and discuss literary texts, films and other artefacts and to place these sources in its broader historical, cultural and social context.

    (LO2) An ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of written and audio-visual sources.  

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate confidence in written analysis and debate

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Oral skills

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S6) Research skills - Independent analysis

  • Queer Film, VIdeo and Documentary (COMM305)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to queer theory and queer politics through the history and analysis of the production and reception of moving images. To encourage students to develop advanced moving image analysis skills and use them to differentiate between the forms and practices of film, video and documentary. To introduce key concepts and key theories around LGBTQ+ identity as historically, culturally, and politically situated. To encourage students to widen their knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ+ equality and diversity through the theory, history, ethics, and politics of queer moving images. 

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of queer film, video and documentary.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate familiarity with key concepts and debates in queer theory.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate skills in advanced moving image analysis.

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate a practical ability to facilitate a workshop discussion.

    (LO5) Students will demonstrate a practical ability to conceive of a thematic queer film season for an LGBT+ film festival with underpinning rationale and theory.

    (S1) Teamwork.

    (S2) Organisational skills.

    (S3) International awareness.

    (S4) Ethical awareness.

    (S5) Commercial awareness.

    (S6) Problem solving skills.

  • American Independent Cinema (COMM316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the industrial and economic conditions that have given birth to independent films, especially in the post-1980 period.   To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the aesthetic choices and representational strategies filmmakers of independent films have made and how those might differ from choices and strategies associated with dominant aesthetic and representational regimes.   To examine the ways in which American independent cinema represents a distinct mode of filmmaking from mainstream Hollywood by exploring the relationship of a number of independent films to broader social, cultural, political and ideological landscapes such as Reaganite politics, the politics of counter-culture, racial and gender politics, etc.  

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of the debates that have surrounded the concept of independence in American cinema.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an understanding of the manner in which independent film has been mobilised to respond to particular economic and social-cultural changes in the United States.

    (LO3) Be able to identify the key aesthetic choices employed in a number of such films and the ways in which they differ from dominant regimes of representation.

    (LO4) Be able to understand American independent cinema as an industrial product determined by a specific mode of production and circulation/distribution.

    (S1) Commercial awareness.

    (S2) Problem solving skills.

    (S3) Teamwork.

    (S4) Organisational skills.

    (S5) Communication skills.

    (S6) IT skills.

  • Stardom and Media Celebrity (COMM303)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of star studies and celebrity studies, and to help develop students’ understanding of vocabulary, theoretical perspectives, and advanced concepts related to the areas of stardom and media celebrity. It will encourage students to differentiate between historical periods in stardom and mediated identities, and across different media platforms and contexts. It will encourage students to widen their knowledge of public figures and celebrities via conceptual, technological, economic, political and formal approaches to the topic, and to make connections between the idea of stardom/fame and other media topics and discourses.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The student will demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts in and theoretical approaches to stardom and celebrity.

    (LO2) The student will critically evaluate historical shifts in celebrity cultures.

    (LO3) The student will analyse the roles played by audiences, actors, employers and different media forms in the construction of stardom.

    (LO4) The student will analyse the way in which case studies of specific examples illustrate stardom and celebrity.

    (LO5) The student will relate this analysis to wider concerns within mainstream filmmaking and media performance, across cinema, television, advertising, digital media, and alternative media forms.

    (S1) Proficient use of electronic resources and tools for research as specified and required.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis.

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

    (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

    (S5) Ability to analyse theories and concepts and apply knowledge.

    (S6) Ability to construct and convey a coherent argument in written form.

  • The Film Music of John Williams (MUSI370)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an account of John Williams' film music output (including stylistic development and compositional technique). To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and the narrative and dramatic content of the relevant films. To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and traditional or historical compositional techniques. To provide students with an appreciation of the contextual issues relevant to understanding John Williams' film music (e.g. Hollywood; directorial vision; populism etc).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of John Williams' film music output (from a stylistic perspective).

    (LO2) To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relationship between John Williams' film music and earlier compositional traditions and conventions.

    (LO3) To be able to relate elements of John William's compositional technique to specific film contexts or mechanics.

    (LO4) To demonstrate an awareness of broader critical and cultural issues, as relevant to situating John William's film music in context.

    (LO5) To be able to apply knowledge, understanding, and awareness (as described in the prior learning outcomes). To original case-study film examples.

    (S1) Research skills

    (S2) Communication skills

    (S3) Comprehension

    (S4) Writing skills

    (S5) Applied skills

    (S6) IT skills

    (S7) Critical Thinking

  • Screening Antiquity (CLAH330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module introduces students to the reception of antiquity on screen.  As well as enabling students to build knowledge and understanding of key strategies and themes in the representation of ancient Greece and Rome in film, television and video games, it encourages them to develop theoretical approaches and analytical skills for evaluating their shape and significance.  Over the course of the module, students become active critics of the depiction of the ancient world in popular culture.  Through the Group Project, they have an opportunity to produce a written scene for an ancient world film of their own invention and to reflect critically on their own creative processes. For students in Ancient History, Classics and Classical Studies, this module advances perspectives and understanding developed during CLAH 200 Politics of the Past and CLAH 211 Rebuilding Troy, by exploring the representation of the ancient history and myth in contemporary contexts.  Students on the Film Studies pathway will bring their methodological know-how and subject expertise to bear on a distinctive 'genre' of film, reaching out to the related media of television and video games.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To develop knowledge and understanding of the range, character, and inter-relationships of representations of the ancient world on screen, i.e. in the popular audio-visual media of film, television and video games and, hence, in the Western cultural imagination

    (LO2) To appreciate how the representation of ancient Greece and Rome on screen is informed by developments in technology and responds to and impacts upon contemporary politics and society

    (LO3) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to adaptation, translation and intertextuality (between ancient and modern material, and between genres and media)

    (LO4) To acquire and apply theoretical vocabulary and tools for the analysis of the reception of antiquity on screen, with attention to technical and formal properties of audio-visual media and their representational strategies

    (S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S2) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S3) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

  • Almost Shakespeare (ENGL359)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of ‘offshoot’ texts that rework Shakespeare's plays in a number of formats and genres (fiction, poetry, drama, graphic literature, and film) produced by writers from Britain, America, and elsewhere throughout the twentieth century. To address how Shakespeare's works and the 'Shakespeare myth' are figured, received, and understood through twentieth-century literary reworkings. To examine questions of influence, reception, and intertextuality in these 'offshoot' texts, which have a life and status different from straightforward 'adaptations', and to consider how these works are derivative yet 'original' and distinct as literary works. To explore how these writings interpret the text that they either continue or re-play or 'answer', revising how we see the original text and at other times subverting and dismantling it in more radical ways. To assess the social and political issues surrounding various writers' creative and imaginative engagements with Shakespeare in terms of (for example) gender, race, sexuality, nation, and ideas of culture. 

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Acquire, develop, and demonstrate knowledge of the literary culture and history of the Shakespearean 'offshoot' (its writers, its forms, its issues) throughout the twentieth century and to the present.

    (LO2) Acquire, develop, and demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the relationship between Shakespeare's works and their twentieth-century 'offshoots' through recognition of the intertextual and interpretative dialogues going on between them.

    (LO3) Recognise this literature’s relationship to Shakespeare's life and works, and the broader social and political concerns surrounding creative and imaginative reworkings of them (e.g. in terms of gender, race, sexuality, nation, and questions of low or popular versus high culture).

    (LO4) Analyse and discuss a range of texts (fiction, drama, poetry) in terms of their literary style, significance, and contexts, putting into practice advanced skills in textual analysis, critical reading, and writing.  

    (LO5) Research, read, and think both independently and sensitively about the works studied at a specialised level.   

    (LO6) Evaluate and communicate both your own and others’ ideas.

    (S1) Written communication skills (style & argument, presentation & referencing)

    (S2) Oral communication skills (speaking, listening, arguing, persuading)

    (S3) Critical thinking and analytical skills

    (S4) Project planning & development

    (S5) Time management, discipline, & organisation

    (S6) Team working & co-operating/communicating with others

    (S7) Research skills (including identification and use of Library resources, and accessing online databases/research tools)

    (S8) IT skills (including word processing and the use of online resources and electronic media)

  • American Poetic Writing Since 1930 (ENGL302)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To explore and explain the prominence of such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell and Allen Ginsberg in twentieth-century American poetry.
    To familiarise you with the work of some of their representative inheritors and followers in the "Confessional", “Beat” and “New York” schools.
    To address the major concerns of the American tradition in the wake of Modernism: reactions to materialism, the role of Emersonian individualism, the use of idiomatic language, and the development of the poetic line.
    To analyse parallel and later developments, including some or all of the following: relations between the literary and the oral; the growth of jazz-inflected poetry and relations between poetry and song; the feminist poetics of Adrienne Rich; and the postmodern aesthetic of John Ashbery.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Improved reading skills applied to American poetry since 1930 and to poetry more generally.

    (LO2) An enhanced understanding of poetics.

    (LO3) An increased understanding of the literary, methodological, historical and cultural contexts of the poetic writing of the period.

    (LO4) An ability to question the presuppositions of these contexts in a critically informed manner.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

  • Analysing Discourse (ENGL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to equip students with a knowledge of how discourse works at linguistic, metalinguistic, and paralinguistic levels. Students will be exposed to a wide range of discourse types and will learn methodologies (and their theoretical bases) available for analysing them, especially with a view to exposing meanings which would otherwise remain hidden.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completion of the module, students will be able to: Understand the theoretical principles behind discourse analysis.

    (LO2) Identify a broad range of discourse types.

    (LO3) Collect discourse data and analyse them according to an appropriate methodology.

    (LO4) Understand the implicit or concealed ideology that motivates discourse.

    (S1) Discourse analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

  • Attitudes to English (ENGL361)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. ​ ​To gain an understanding of (a) the most important ideological trends that have shaped social attitudes to language change in the history of English (1300-present) and (b) their consequences for the contemporary society (in realms such as the media or education)

          

    2. ​​To develop the students’ transferable skills by encouraging them to
      • examine historical and contemporary texts in an informed and critical manner
      • compile and analyse ''real'' linguistic data (corpus and questionnaire survey)
    Learning Outcomes

    An understanding of the different attitudes tolanguage change throughout the history of English

      ​​An understanding of the consequences that changing attitudes to the English language have in contemporary society

      An understanding of the ways in which ideology is manifested in historical texts from themedieval period to the present day

      The ability to analyse and comment critically language-related historical documents (1300-present)​

      The ability to collect data and analyse them according to an appropriate methodologies

    • British Poetic Writing Since 1930 (ENGL305)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To generate an informed study of British poetry from c.1930s - c.1990s. To develop skills in close reading, buttressed by an increased understanding of the literary, methodological and histrocial contexts for poetry writing. To pursue a chronological enquiry into the developments of poetry in this period, beginning with The Auden Generation of the 1930s, then going on to examine the poetry of World War II, the Movement poets of the 1950s and 1960s, the development of women's poetry, and the Northern Irish Poetry Revival.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) On completing this module students will be able to demonstratean increased understanding of the literary, methodological and historical contexts of the poetic writing of the period.

      (LO2) Improved reading skills applied to British poetry of the period 1930-1990.

      (LO3) An ability to question the presuppositions of these contexts in a critically informed manner.

      (LO4) An ability to submit poetical texts to the discipline of close reading.

      (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    • British Writing Since 1945: Fiction and Drama (ENGL314)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      The aims of this module are broadly to introduce students to a range of post-war British writing, and to promote the study of literary expression in contemporary British literature in its political and social contexts. The module aims to consider the literature of this period in a broad cultural and political context, and ask how forms of modern and contemporary identity are represented and contested within the literature and culture of the period, as well as exploring the relations between literary genres, particularly fiction and drama.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) By the end of this module, students will be able to: demonstrate an informed appreciation of a broad range of post-war and recent British writing

      (LO2) Think fruitfully about different literary genres, their uses, interactions and transformations

      (LO3) Discuss texts in relation to their political, social, psychic and cultural contexts

      (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

      (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    • Children's Literature (ENGL373)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      To explore the critical study of children's literature in a literary academic context;  to consider the variety of types of writing for children, the aims of children's literature, dominant motifs and the question of a tradition, concentrating on writing from the "golden age" of children's literature (late C19th); and to explore the relation of such material to adult literature and the popularity of writing for children among an adult audience.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to discuss in an informed way, the breadth of Children's Literature and recurrent themes within it.

      (LO2) Awareness of the development of Children's Literature as a topic for academic literary study.

      (LO3) An informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered.

      (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    • Creative Writing (poetry) (ENGL372)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To give students an opportunity to develop practical poetry writing skills in conjunction with the development of critical readings of poetry. To make students aware of the function and importance of the drafting process. T o establish student awareness of the writing process. T o foster independent reading of contemporary poetry. T o understand the importance of literary models.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Students will learn compositional techniques and methods (including drafting and reflection skills) appropriate to the genre.

      (LO2) Students will use a range of literary techniques.

      (LO3) Students will constructively evaluate their own poetry and that of their peers in the context of contemporary writing.

      (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

      (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

    • Creative Writing (prose) (ENGL377)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aims of the module are: To give students an opportunity to develop practical prose writing skills in conjunction with the development of critical and theoretical reading in relation to prose genres;         To extend awareness of the function and importance of the drafting process in relation to prose;    To foster independent reading of contemporary literature in prose;   To refine student understanding of the importance of literary models in the development of their own writing practice.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) By the end of the module students will  have learned compositional techniques and methods (including drafting and reflection skills) appropriate to the genre.

      (LO2) Students will be able to draw on a range of literary techniques, e.g. image, symbol, point of view.

      (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of genre and an awareness of the range of options available to the short story writer.

      (LO4) Students will be able to constructively edit and evaluate their own prose and that of their peers.

      (LO5) Students will be able to reflect on various aspects of the creative process.

      (S1) Adaptability.

      (S2) Personal attributes and qualities - Resilience.

      (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

      (S4) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis.

      (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice.

      (S6) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills.

      (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience.

      (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

      (S9) Time and project management - Personal organisation.

      (S10) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take risk.

      (S11) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

      (S12) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative.

    • Dickens (ENGL389)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module aims to develop students’ abilities to analyse literary texts and to encourage an awareness of the issues and conditions which inform the critical reception of literary texts. Through detailed study of a representative selection of Dickens’s early and late novels, it will familiarise students with the development of a major writer and his contribution to Victorian literature and culture.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Students will be able to demonstrate (in an essay and presentation) a detailed knowledge of a selection of Dickens’s novels.

      (LO2) A knowledge of secondary criticism of Dickens and an understanding of the assumptions which inform it.

      (LO3) An understanding of the relationship between style and ideology.

      (LO4) An understanding of cultural formations, in particular, of notions of high and popular culture.

      (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

      (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

      (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

      (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing including referencing skills

      (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

      (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

      (S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

      (S11) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

      (S12) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

      (S13) Working in groups and teams - Negotiation skills

      (S14) Research skills - All Information skills

      (S15) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    • Gothic Fiction and Film (ENGL325)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To enable students to develop a broader understanding of the historical development of the Gothic genre and its relationships to other literary and cinematic genres. To facilitate research skills in relation both to primary material and key theoretical and critical debates. To broaden and deepen students' understanding of relationships between literature, film and other visual and technological media. To interrogate definitions of Gothic and to evaluate both the distinctive characteristics and conventions of the genre and the stability of boundaries between Gothic and other literary and cinematic genres.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Develop a historical perspective on the emergence and development of the Gothic genre from the 18th century to the present, identifying key literary and cinematic works and their relationship to other cultural and/or artistic movements.

      (LO2) Develop skills of critical analysis of both literary and cinematic works and of theoretical approaches to the text/film relationship.

      (LO3) Understand and evaluate key critical debates about and theoretical approaches (psychoanalysis, feminism, deconstruction, etc.) to Gothic fiction and film.

      (LO4) Relate generic tropes and conventions to wider cultural considerations (artistic, political, religious, technological, etc.) and vice versa.

      (LO5) Develop skills of critical writing, incorporating both conceptual argument and detailed close analysis of literary texts and films. Develop an appropriate technical and/or theoretical vocabulary for critical analysis of literature and film.

      (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

      (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

      (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

      (S6) Information skills - Critical reading

      (S7) Information skills - Evaluation

      (S8) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    • Language and Gender (ENGL400)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting30:70
      Aims

      To familiarise students with past and current theoretical and methodological approaches to language and gender. To develop students' critical understanding of current theories of language and gender as well as their ability to apply these in real data and real-life situations. To enhance students' awareness in the role of language in constructing gender. To provide students with experience in conducting their own empirical study in an area of language and gender.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main schools of thought within the field of language and gender and the methodologies used in this line of research.

      (LO2) Demonstrate the ability to comment critically on the major studies within the field.

      (LO3) Demonstrate the ability to analyse data drawing upon the relevant theoretical concept and apply standards data analysis techniques and background concepts to new data.

      (S1) Problem-solving skills: formulating problems (factual, empirical, theoretical) in precise terms, identifying key issues, developing the confidence to address challenging problems using a variety of different approaches

      (S2) Investigative skills: searching out and synthesising information stored on paper, electronically or visually; developing skills of independent investigation, interacting with colleagues

      (S3) Communication/ verbal: developing the ability to listen carefully, to present complex information in a clear, concise and sophisticated manner both in writing and by oral presentation, and to present a discussion based on information collected from various sources and coherently synthesised, using appropriate referencing conventions

      (S4) Thinking/ intellectual skills: developing the ability to interpret and present data, critically address complex ideas, construct logical arguments, and use technical language correctly

      (S5) Personal Organisation skills: developing the ability to undertake self-directed study and learning, manage their time efficiently, and to plan, design and accomplish a significant piece of research or an inquiry, either independently or as a member of a team

      (S6) Self – development skills: developing the ability to work independently, to use their initiative, to organise their time properly and to interact constructively with others

      (S7) Information Technology: developing the ability to use their computing and IT skills to help find, store and interpret information, to produce electronic documents and to use appropriate software confidently

    • Language and Literature (ENGL383)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To combine linguistic and literary approaches to the study of literary texts. To introduce you to linguistic methods for the analysis of literary texts. To contest the effectiveness of different analytical approaches. To combine theories and literary texts of your own choosing in an imaginative and original way.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Your analytical skills will be sharpened.

      (LO2) Your knowledge of literary-linguistic debate will be heightened.

      (LO3) You will be able to engage confidently in literary-linguistic debate in a creative, critical and well-informed manner.

      (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

      (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

      (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

      (S6) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

      (S7) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

      (S8) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    • Medieval Boundaries: Text, Image (ENGL375)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      To offer students a chance to explore medieval culture, in its own terms and in relation to post-medieval and modern western culture, including considerations of the relationships between medieval and modern across literature and images (pictures, cartoon, film). In doing so students are also encouraged to break down boundaries imposed by later conceptualisations between medieval genres and between such concepts as religious and secular, dream and waking, imagined and real, human and animal/monster.   To help students to read and study medieval texts culturally and linguistically (both in the original language and through translations, as appropriate).

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate familiarity with medieval forms of English language and read texts written in Middle English with some confidence.

      (LO2) Over the course of the module students should acquire the capacity to read and discuss certain medieval models of experience and visualisation and relate these to modern attitudes and so be able to discuss critical and theoretical perspectives on literature, images and culture in the context of medieval studies.

      (LO3) By the end of the module students should have attained knowledge of a variety of medieval literary genres and be able to discuss the reception of medieval literature in post-medieval cultures.

      (S1) Problem solving skills

      (S2) Organisational skills

      (S3) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

      (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

      (S5) Cultural awarness

      (S6) Use of Middle English and Oxford English dictionaries both online and in print.

      (S7) literary critical skills

      (S8) time management

    • Postcolonial Literature and Theory (ENGL401)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Acquire, develop, and demonstrate knowledge of the historical impact of British colonisation and colonial discourse on the literary culture of a range of countries located in Africa, South Asia and the Anglophone Caribbean.   Understand the establishment and development of postcolonial studies as an academic discipline.  Analyse and discuss the different literary and linguistic strategies postcolonial writers deploy to address colonial history and the postcolonial condition.  Critique a range of influential theoretical texts and apply these texts to literary contexts. Develop advanced skills in textual analysis, critical reading, and writing.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Students will acquire and develop knowledge of the impact of British colonial history in a range of countries and their postcolonial legacies

      (LO2) Students will critically analyse the different literary and linguistic strategies used by writers from a range of Anglophone ex-colonies

      (LO3) Students will read, judge and discuss a range of postcolonial theoretical and conceptual texts

      (LO4) Students will improve independent research and essay writing skills

      (LO5) Students will be aware of literary traditions and cultural discourses which produce postcolonial literature and theory.

      (S1) Knowledge and understanding of the unique literary and linguistic features of postcolonial literature and theory.

      (S2) Knowledge and application of precise theoretical terminology.

      (S3) Awareness of how postcolonial literature and theory are positioned within a global context

    • Shakespeare: Page Stage Screen (ENGL368)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      To introduce students to both a more advanced and dynamic way of understanding Shakespearean drama by looking at the plays in relation to textual/editorial and theatrical practice, as well as cinematic adaptation. To assess how our interpretations of Shakespeare's plays might both inform and be informed by specific questions of editing, staging, directing, and adaptation. To address how the texts of the plays appeared in Shakespeare’s own time (i.e. in Quartos and in the Folio), and how and why modern editors have dealt with them subsequently.  To explore how original printed texts, sources, and subsequent adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays can develop our knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare's dramatic art and stagecraft. To examine the treatment of the plays studied in later editions and adaptations, as well as in later performances, on stage and on film.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Acquire, develop, and demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Shakespeare's plays in relation to the textual and theatrical practices of their original contexts as well as of their subsequent adaptation by editors and theatre and film directors.

      (LO2) Develop and engage with a more complex and advanced understanding of Shakespeare as dramatist, in terms of how his work has been received, edited, performed, and adapted from the time of their original composition, staging, and publication to the present.

      (LO3) Recognise and implement a broad range of approaches to text and performance, whether in terms of close reading and critical interpretation/analysis, editing, staging, or cinematic adaptation.

      (LO4) Analyse and discuss the plays, their texts, sources, and adaptations in terms of their literary style, significance, and contexts, putting into practice advanced skills in textual analysis, critical reading, and writing.  

      (LO5) Research, read, and think both independently and sensitively about the works studied at a specialised level.   

      (LO6) Work co-operatively and productively with others to produce a coherent team-work project (i.e. the editing task)

      (LO7) Evaluate and communicate both your own and others’ ideas.

      (S1) Written communication skills (style & argument, presentation & referencing)

      (S2) Oral communication skills (speaking, listening, arguing, persuading)

      (S3) Critical thinking and analysis

      (S4) Project planning & development

      (S5) Time management, discipline, & organisation

      (S6) Team working & co-operating/communicating with others

      (S7) Research skills (including identification and use of Library resources, and accessing online databases/research tools)

      (S8) IT skills (including word processing and the use of online resources and electronic media)

    • The Novel: 1740-1830 (ENGL386)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting67:33
      Aims

      The module will introduce students to a variety of forms of prose fiction in the period 1740-1830. The module will give students an understanding of how the novel developed in the century following the earliest British examples.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Substantial knowledge of prose fiction in the latter half of the 'long eighteenth century'

      (LO2) Understanding of some central issues and options in genre and in narrative form and their consequences.

      (LO3) Understanding of the uses of 'realism' and its contraries, in an important phase of the development of the novel.

      (LO4) Understanding of such concepts as sensibility, 'sense' and 'prudence', the gothic the supernatural, and understanding some of their uses.

      (S1) Information skills - Critical reading

      (S2) Research skills - All Information skills

    • Varieties of Northern English (ENGL308)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      1. To familiarise students with varieties of Northern English in relation to Modern Standard English and other non-standard varieties.
      2. To raise student critical awareness of language variation.
      3. To equip students with the theoretical and technological tools that will enable them to conduct their own case study and present, analyse, and discuss original data they collect themselves.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) Demonstrate a critical understanding of varieties of Northern English in relation to Standard English and other non-standard varieties of English.

      (LO2) Detect and identify the distinctive features of the varieties of Northern English

      (LO3) Construct a corpus of Northern dialect language data and conduct both quantitative and qualitative analyses of corpus data.

      (LO4) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical, geographical, social and theoretical factors surrounding varieties of Northern English.

      (LO5) Acquire and demonstrate skills using specialist software used in the field.

      (S1) Time and project management - Personal action planning

      (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

      (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

      (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

      (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

      (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    • Women Writers (ENGL347)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The main aims of this module are to explore the work of a variety of women writers across a range of genres, including poetry, prose (fiction and non-fiction) and autobiography (fictional and non-fictional). To read women's writing in the context of feminist critical theory and debate, but without insisting upon femininist interpretation or response as the only valid response to works by women.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) On completing this module students should have acquired an informed awareness of the richness and diversity of women's writing and its place in the traditions of literature in English.

      (LO2) By the end of this module students should be able to engage with some aspects of feminist theoretical debate and be able to discuss its relations to women's writing.

      (LO3) Over the course of the module students will have had the opportunity to develop a written style that suits their own particular outlook on and interests in women's writing and the opportunity it offers to create new modes of expression or argument.

      (LO4) By the end of the module students will have acquired experience in selecting and completing essays on topics of their own choice and gained an understanding of what makes a feasible and interesting subject for an essay of 3,000 words.

      (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

      (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

      (S4) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

      (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

      (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    • The Fin De Siecle: Literature and Culture 1880-1910 (ENGL395)
      Level3
      Credit level30
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The main aims of this module are:
      to encourage students to broaden and deepen their understanding of the late-Victorian period and the diverse cultural movements and trends associated with it through study of a wide variety of written and visual texts;
      to facilitate research skills and the use of a range of primary non-literary materials in relation to literary texts;
      to provide students with a contextualised understanding of the fin-de-siècle period in relation to both the Victorian period in general and the subsequent period of Modernist experimentation;
      to investigate the validity of identifying fin-de-siècle culture as ‘separate’ from mainstream Victorianism and Modernism, and critically to assess claims for its distinctive aesthetic, political, social and ethical concerns.

      Learning Outcomes

      (LO1) identify key elements of fin-de-siècle culture and place this into the context of the period’s relationship with the Victorian age in general and the cultural climate of the early years of the twentieth century;

      (LO2) discuss in a critically informed manner a diverse body of literary, visual and cultural texts from the fin de siècle in the context of wider Victorian debates about art, science, progress, sexuality etc;

      (LO3) relate aesthetic and generic issues with social/political/ethical ones and vice versa;

      (LO4) critically assess the ways in which the concept of the fin de siècle has been constructed both in late-nineteenth-century discourses (such as degeneration theory) and in current critical debates;

      (LO5) write in a literary and critical style which is attuned to and develops in response to the artistic product under analysis.

      (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

      (S2) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take risk

      (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

      (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

      (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Flexibility/Adaptability

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.