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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English with a Minor in American Literature and Film (2011 entry)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of English and Drama - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)
Programme title English with a Minor in American Literature and Film
Programme code EAUB08
Length of programme The duration of the programme is six semesters, full-time.
UCAS code QT37
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/english-drama/englishandamericanstudies/

Date at which the programme specification was published Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:16:37 BST

1. Programme Aims

The Department seeks to encourage in its students:

  • a sense of enthusiasm for the subject and a full understanding of its social and cultural significance.
  • the study of English and American Studies as a means of developing the ability to think creatively, to read critically and to be both sensitive and disciplined in their approach to their studies.
  • to think independently, to reason critically, to weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives and to analyse critically different forms of discourse.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

English Benchmark Statement

Area Studies Benchmark Statement

University Learning and Teaching Strategy

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme students should:

  • have substantial knowledge of a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800.
  • understand the distinctive characteristics of both English and American Fiction, poetry and drama
  • have an awareness of the role of critical traditions in shaping literary history and a knowledge of the linguistic, literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read.
  • develop an understanding of key aspects of U.S. visual culture, especially in relation to American film
  • deploy useful and precise critical terminology.
  • have an appreciation of the power of imagination in literary creation and an awareness of the range of contemporary approaches to literary and area studies
  •  have an appreciation of American Studies as a multi and interdisciplinary subject area.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students will have acquired critical skills in the close reading and analysis of verbal and visual texts and will have a thorough understanding of critical and theoretical models relating to English and American studies. They will have an appreciation of the central role of language in the creation of meaning and will have gained rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument. They will have bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline and will be practised in the accurate citation of sources and in the use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to present cogent and persuasive arguments both in oral and written form. They should be able critically to assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral, visual and written communications. They should possess advanced and effective research skills, including the ability to access and assess electronic data.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should possess advanced analytical skills and should be able to handle complex information in a structured and systematic way. They should be able to communicate effectively and work with others through the presentation of ideas and the collective negotiation of solutions.

They should be able to understand and apply a variety of theoretical and interpretive positions, and should be able to weigh the importance of alternative perspectives. They should possess effective organisational and time-management skills. 

4. Programme structure

Part A - Introductory Modules

In the course of Semester 1 and Semester 2, candidates may choose module(s) with a total weight of 20 from modules taught by departments other than English and Drama.

Candidates may choose optional modules so that as few as 50 or as many as 70 credit units are attempted in a semester, provided that 120 credit units are accumulated over the year. 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 50)

EAA002

Introduction to American Literature

20 credits

EAA101

Critical Studies 1

10 credits

EAA102

An Introduction to Language

10 credits

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry 1

10 credits

Optional (total modular weight 10 or 20)

EAA003

Introduction to the Short Story

20 credits

EAA010

Writing Women

20 credits

EAA023

Oral Communication

20 credits

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20 credits

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10 credits

EAA015

Introduction to Short Narrative

10 credits

EAA016

The Essay

10 credits

EAA503

Performance 1

10 credits

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20 credits

EAA201

Critical Studies 2

10 credits

EAA204

Introduction to Poetry 2

10 credits

Optional (total modular weight 10 or 20)

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20 credits

EAA003

Introduction to the Short Story

20 credits

EAA004

Language in Context

20 credits

EAA010

Writing Women

20 credits

EAA011

Writing in History

20 credits

EAA023

Oral Communication

20 credits

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20 credits

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10 credits

EAA015

Introduction to Short Narrative

10 credits

EAA016

The Essay

10 credits

EAA504

Performance 2

10 credits

 Part B - Degree Modules

In the course of Semester 1 and Semester 2, candidates may choose module(s) with a total weight of 20 from modules taught by departments other than English and Drama.

Candidates may choose optional modules so that as few as 50 or as many as 70 credit units are attempted in a semester, provided that 120 credit units are accumulated over the year.

Candidates may apply to the Head of Department for permission to undertake study abroad at Acadia University, Canada, the National University of Singapore, or Delaware University, USA or Virginia Tech, USA. Candidates can apply to take a single semester or a full academic year abroad. The study abroad option would be in place of study at Loughborough for either a full academic year or a single semester during Part B of the degree programme.

Candidates may apply to the Head of Department for permission to undertake an approved course of study at a European University which is a member of the EU-approved Erasmus exchange programme.  Candidates can apply to take a single semester or a full academic year abroad. The exchange option would be in place of study at Loughborough for either a full academic year or a single semester during Part B of the degree programme.

Candidates who register for the Erasmus exchange programme must undertake the placement in place of one semester at Part B of the degree programme. For one semester, students must register for a total of 60 credits in English and Drama in addition to the 60-credit Semester Abroad module EAB101. Students wishing to study for a full year at Acadia University, Canada, the National University of Singapore, or Delaware University, USA, must take the 120-credit Study Abroad module, EAB100.

Semesters 1 and 2

Optional (total modular weight 120)

EAB100

Study Abroad

120 credits

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737

20 credits

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Writing

20 credits

Optional

EAB061

American Nightmare II: Horror Film

20 credits

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB158

The Good Life?

20 credits

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits

EAB027

Shakespeare: Page to Stage

20 credits

EAB002

Writing of the 1790s: The Gothic and Revolution

20 credits

EAB102

American Adaptations

10 credits

EAB109

Contemporary Poetry

10 credits

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry

10 credits

EAB026

Slavery and Empire 1750-1850

10 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits


Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

Optional

EAB153

British Renaissance Drama

20 credits

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 credits

EAB016

Language in Society (EAB113 pre-requisite)

20 credits

EAB111

The Nineteenth-Century Novel

20 credits

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

20 credits

EAB033

Puppetry

20 credits

EAB009

Theatre, Nation and Trauma: Contemporary Irish Drama

20 credits

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20 credits

EAB035

The Weird Tale

20 credits

EAB018

Women’s Writing in the 17th Century

20 credits

EAB020

Diverse Voices

10 credits

EAB062

Moby Dick

10 credits

EAB704

Modern and Contemporary British Drama

10 credits

EAB040

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siècle

10 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

       

 

 Part C - Degree Modules

In the course of Semester 1 and Semester 2, candidates may choose module(s) with a total weight of 20 from modules taught by departments other than English and Drama.

Candidates may choose optional modules so that as few as 50 or as many as 70 credit units are attempted in a semester, provided that 120 credit units are accumulated over the year. 

Candidates must take a minimum of 90 credits of modules with the prefix EAC.

Semesters 1 and 2

Optional

EAC009

Dissertation

30 credits

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAC012

America at War

20 credits

EAC103

Modernisms

20 credits

Optional

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

20 credits

EAC003

Decadence

20 credits

EAC042

Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics

20 credits

EAC023

Libertines and Libertinism

20 credits

EAC214

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio (EAB114 pre-requisite)

20 credits

EAC228

Modern Subjects: Conrad, Hardy, Woolf

20 credits

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

20 credits

EAC222

Writing for Performance (pre-requisite: EAB114 or EAB904)

20 credits

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20 credits

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

10 credits

EAC035

Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Literature

10 credits

EAB203

Renaissance Lyric Poetry** (cannot be chosen if studied in Part B)

10 credits

EAC022

Ulysses

10 credits


Semester 2

Compulsory  (total modular weight 20)

EAC013

Postmodern America

20 credits

Optional

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

20 credits

EAC014

Contemporary Irish Texts

20 credits

EAC703

Myths of America: Idelogy and American Drama

20 credits

EAB033

Puppetry

20 credits

EAC109

Romantic Writings 1815-1832

20 credits

EAC027

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20 credits

EAC026

The American West

10 credits

EAC516

Bollywood! Bollywood!

10 credits

EAC041

W B Yeats

10 credits

EAC018 Women and Theatre 10 credits

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also: 

.1   In order to progress from Part A to Part B, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

.2   In order to progress from Part B to Part C, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

.3   To be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any part of the Programme to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their  performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final percentage mark.

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