History and Literary Studies BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

Course Information

  • Course Code: IA3100D12
  • Fees: View fees and financial support information
  • UCAS Code: Y001
  • Validated by: Lancaster University
  • Study Mode: Full time and Part time
  • This course is recruiting in: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
Overview

This History and Literary Studies BA (Hons) course enables you to study both History and Literary Studies equally at the same level. Don't worry, studying joint honours doesn't mean more work. You'll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

What will I study?

History

Our History programme is designed to introduce you to the essential skills of the historian, including an understanding of current debates and perspectives, alongside an ability to contextualise history from a local and global viewpoint. This is complemented by the necessary acquisition of advanced research and analytical skills, set against substantive material drawn from modern history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The degree is designed to help you form a deeper understanding of the relationship of the social and cultural present with that of the past. This degree also helps you develop powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills.

The skills learnt in undertaking the Modern History degree are valuable for the world of work on graduation. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of History and to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas. At second and third level you can choose from a range of modules based round a series of core topics plus options in order to ensure a balance across historic periods.

Literary Studies

Our Literary Studies programme will introduce you to a range of literary themes, genres and theories. You will explore key trends and movements and develop an understanding of historical, thematic and interdisciplinary approaches to literary interpretation. The major historical periods are represented, as are influential, exciting and thought-provoking texts from all the major literary genres. You will benefit from a firm grounding in key works from the Anglophone canon, whilst also having the opportunity to develop specific interests in the study of contemporary literature across a range of themes such as gender and race. You will gain the critical understanding, cultural awareness and analytical skills to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors.

Modules

History

  • Approaches to History: A Case Study of Local History
  • From Medieval to Modern: Culture, Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • The 18th Century in Perspective: an Exploration of British Political and Social History
  • Totalitarian Regimes (Italy,Germany, Russia)
  • History of the United States 1850-1966
  • Total Warfare: World War I and II in Perspective
  • Women in History
  • Film in History and History in Film
  • A Place in the Sun: Europe and the Race for Empire 1650-1900
  • Witchcraft & Magic in Early Modern England
  • Never had it so good Britain: 1945 - 1979

Literary Studies

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Literature: Theory and Development
  • Shakespeare as Icon
  • Sex, Society and Poetry
  • Early Modern Literature
  • The Romantics: Revolution and Reform
  • The Fairy Tale and Children's Literature
  • The Nineteenth Century Novel: The Emergence of the Subject
  • Contemporary Literatures: Progress and Protest
  • Dystopian Fiction

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) History & Literary Studies. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

 

Entry Requirements

You'll need 200 UCAS tariff points including at least a grade C in English Literature at A-Level. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 80 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

Modules in the first year are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Year 2 and 3 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations, plus assessed seminars. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Employers like the Joint Honours degrees - for the reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop 'soft' transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills -& and the ability to develop arguments for example. These are all skills that employers look for in graduates. The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense - this could include for example work in local government, civil service, work within the leisure industry, Politics, teaching via a PGCE, marketing, junior management roles and more. Postgraduate study will also be encouraged and students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes.

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Testimonials

"This has been my third year as external examiner for the history courses at Blackburn College and I have to say the general standard has been consistently on a par with any of the higher education institutions I have taught at including the Universities of Salford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and for the last fifteen year at Manchester Metropolitan University." 

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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