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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) History and English

Academic Year: 2015/16

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 Politics, History and International Relations
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/BA (Hons)+DPS/BA (Hons)+DIntS
Programme title History and English
Programme code EUUB08
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 Semesters (three-year programme), 8 semesters (four-year programme) or 6 semesters plus one academic year (four-year thick sandwich programme). The three-year programme allows, at Part B (Semester Two) for a course of study to be taught in English at a foreign university.
UCAS code VQ13/VQ14
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/phir/historyandenglish/

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:25:53 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide students with an intellectually stimulating environment within which they can develop knowledge, understanding and skills in both History and English.
  • To encourage a sense of enthusiasm for History and English; to foster critical, creative and independent thinking; and to develop a sensitive and disciplined approach.
  • To stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in both subjects.
  • To develop competence and practical skills which are transferable to a wide range of professions and employment as well as life experiences.

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

  • QAA History Benchmark Statement
  • QAA English Benchmark Statement

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the idea of academic disciplines as dynamic, plural and contested; developed within the broader framework of the social sciences and humanities;
  • the potential applications of concepts within a broader critical framework;
  • the main methodologies used in the analysis and interpretation of texts and other sources; 

and within the History portion of the programme:

  • past societies and historical processes over a chronological and geographical range;
  • the use of primary evidence in historical argument;
  • History as an academic discipline, its schools of interpretations, and the variety of methodological approaches and theoretical foundations;

and within the English portion of the programme:

  • a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800;
  • the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama;
  • an appreciation of the structure and function of the English language;
  • an appreciation of the power of imagination in literary creation and an awareness of the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study;
  • practical experience of a range of research and critical methods in English;
  • an awareness of the role of culture in a changing landscape of literary production; the ability to understand the epistemological underpinnings of different research traditions in the subject area.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

1.  demonstrate a reflexive approach to learning;

2.  abstract and synthesise information;

3.  assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and arguments;

4.  critically evaluate and interpret a range of evidence, including texts and other sources;

5.  undertake problem-solving and decision-making;

6.  develop a reasoned argument;

additionally, within the History portion of the programme:

7.  appreciate the complexities and diversity of past events and mentalities;

8.  show a critical awareness of the problems inherent in historical sources and in interpreting the past;

9. solve problems with imagination and creativity.

and within the English portion of the programme:

10.  on successful completion of the programme students will have acquired critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts and will have a thorough understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to English studies;

11.  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.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. locate and retrieve information using a variety of research methods;
  2. select, combine, and interpret different types of source material;
  3. deploy bibliographic skills including accuracy in the citation of sources and the use of proper conventions in the presentation of scholarly work
  4. present cogent and persuasive arguments in oral, written and practical form;
  5. undertake independent learning and research;
  6. recognise and critically debate moral and ethical issues underpinning particular debates or enquiries.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to handle complex information in a structured, systematic and analytical way. They should be able to participate effectively in group work using communication effectively, including dialogue, writing formats and visualisation. They should possess effective organisational and time-management skills. They should posses an independence of mind, creativity and intellectual maturity. 

4. Programme structure

(1)      Candidates normally study a total modular weight of 60 credits in both History and English in each academic year (Parts A, B and C).  However, candidates may take 20 credits of Language options in each Part, chosen from a list produced by the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, depending on their previous qualifications.  These candidates must take at least 50 credits in both History and English in Parts A and B, and at least 40 credits in both History and English in Part C.

(2)        Candidates must take at least 20 credits in History and 20 credits in English in each Semester.

(3)       Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part with a minimum module weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.

 

(A)       Part A - Introductory Modules

History Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA001

Introduction to Academic Studies

10

 

Either

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA701

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present

20

 

Or, for candidates choosing a Language Option

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA702

Modern Europe: From the Enlightenment to the Present (10 credits)

10

 

Language Option

10

 

Semester 2 

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 30)

Either

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA704

What is History?

10

EUA703

Modern World History: New Perspectives

20

 

Or, for candidates choosing a Language Option

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUA704

What is History?

10

EUA707

Modern World History: New Perspectives (10 credits)

10

 

Language module

10

                             

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

None

 

English Component

Semester 1

(i) COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 20)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EAA777

Narrative Forms and Fictions

20

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES 

None

 

Semester 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EAA888

Literary and Critical Theories

20

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 20)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EAA011

Writing in History

20

EAA004

Language in Context

20

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20

EAA006

Introduction to American Literature

20

 

(B)       Part B - Degree Modules

EITHER – Standard Route

History Component

Semesters 1 and 2

(i)  COMPULSORY MODULE (total modular weight 10)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

Semester

EUB708

Crafting a Dissertation

10

2

(ii) LANGUAGE OPTION Students choosing Language modules (10 credits in each Semester) must choose 40 credits of English and 60 credits of History optional modules.

(iii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 50)

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

Semester

EUB702

Cold War Europe (20 credit)

20

1

EUB703

Cold War Europe (10 credit)

10

1

EUB706

Twentieth-Century Britain (20 credit)

20

1

EUB707

Twentieth-Century Britain (10 credit)

10

1

EUB722

Modern France: A History of Conflict? (20 credit)

20

1

EUB723

Modern France: A History of Conflict? (10 credit)

10

1

EUB724

Slavery In Global History (20 credit)

20

1

EUB725

Slavery in Global History (10 credit)

10

1

EUB728

Victorian Values: Sex, Race, Religion and Deviance in 19th Century Britain

20

1

EUB729

Victorian Values: Sex, Race, Religion and Deviance in 19th Century Britain (10 credits)

10

1

EUB712 Modern Germany: From Racial Dictatorship to Recivilization (20 credit) 20 2
EUB713 Modern Germany: From Racial Dictatorship to Recivilization (10 credit) 10 2
EUB714 Modern China in a Global Perspective (20 credit) 20 2
EUB715

Modern China in a Global Perspective (10 credit)

10 2
EUB720

The Soviet Union in World Politics 1917-1991 (20 credit)

20 2
EUB721

The Soviet Union in World Politics 1917-1991 (20 credit)

10 2
EUB726

British Social History 1918-1979: Other Worlds of Labour (20 credits)

20 2
EUB727

British Social History 1918-1979: Other Worlds of Labour (10 credits)

10 2
EUB730

Go West Young Man! North America 1985-1914

20 2
EUB731

Go West Young Man! North America 1985-1914 (10 credit)

10 2
EUB633

Enterprise, Employability and Personal Development

10 2

 

English Component

Semesters 1 and 2

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES none

(ii) LANGUAGE OPTION Students choosing Language modules (10 credits in each Semester) must choose 40 credits of English and 60 credits of History optional modules.

(iii) OPTIONAL MODULES (total modular weight 60)

 

Module Title

Module Weight

Semester

EAB001

British Drama 1576-1737

20

1

EAB039

Nineteenth Century American Writing

20

1

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20

1

 

Language Module

10

1

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20

2

EAB012

African American Culture

20 2
EAB711

Eighteenth Century Literature

20 2
EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 2
EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 2
 

Language module

10 2

 

 

 

OR – International Semester Route

Candidates may replace the modules required for Part B Semester Two with an approved course of study taught in English at a foreign university. Candidates must register for a total of 20 credits of History and 40 credits of English modules in Semester 1.  In Semester 2 candidates will undertake assessed work equivalent to 60 credits, as follows: 

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

EUB709

Crafting a Dissertation (Distance Learning)

10

EUB001

International Semester

50

  

(C) Part I  

Candidates following the four-year programme are required to undertake an academic year abroad (Part I) which occurs between Part B and Part C at a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking university, following an approved course of study leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1. Candidates may also follow an approved course of study at a foreign university where teaching is in English leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. 

Candidates following the four-year thick sandwich programme are required to spend the third academic year (Part I) EITHER undertaking an approved Assistantship at a school or other approved placement in a French-, German- or Spanish-speaking country, leading to the Diploma in International Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1, OR undertaking an approved placement in the UK or abroad leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies in accordance with Senate Regulation X1. Participation in study abroad or a placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

(D) Part C - Degree Modules

 

Semesters 1 and 2

DISSERTATION MODULES (total modular weight 40 or 30 credits)

Candidates must take EITHER the EUC701 Dissertation in History(40 credits) OR EAC009 English Dissertation (40 credits).  

 

LANGUAGE OPTION


Candidates taking Languages modules (10 credits in each Semester) must choose optional modules to the value of 20 credits in History if taking the Dissertation in History OR 20 credits in English if taking the Dissertation in English.

 

History Component 

(i)  COMPULSORY MODULES None

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose History modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list.  Candidates who have chosen to take EUC701 Dissertation in History must take a further 20 credits of History optional modules:

 

Module Code

 

Module Title

Module Weight

Semester

EUC701

Dissertation in History

40

1&2

EUC631

Yugoslavia: Its 20th Century

20

1

EUC703

The Beatles and the 1960

20

1

EUC715

Fear of East Asia and the Global Order

20

1

EUC716

Popular Imperialism and Popular Culture in Britain 1870-1930

20

1

EUC665

Post-War British Politics: The Start of the Decline

20

2

EUC679

1968 - World Revolution?

20 2

EUC705

The Rise of the Nazis

20

2

EUC713

From Prohibition to the ‘Swinging Sixties’: The United States 1918-1969

20

2

EUC714

The Soviet Security State

20

2

 

Language Option

Language Option

10

10

1

2

 

 

 

English Component

(i) COMPULSORY MODULES

None

 

(ii) OPTIONAL MODULES

Candidates must choose English modules to the value of 60 credits from the following list.  Candidates who have chosen EAC009 English Dissertation must choose a further 20 credits of English Modules:

 

Module Code

Module Title

Module Weight

Semester

EAC009

English Dissertation

40

1&2

EAC012

America at War

20

1

EAC022

Ulysees

20

1

EAC034

Narratives of American Sport

20

1

EAC042

Dimensions of Texts

20 

1

EAC103

Modernisms

20

1

EAC214 

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio  

20

1

EAC227

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

20

1

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

20

2

EAC104

Aphra Behn

20

2

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20

2

EAC301

T.S.Elliot

20

2

EAC701

Global America

20

2

 

Language Option

Language Option

10

10

1

2

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, 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 achieve a module mark of at least 30% in all modules in each Part.

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of reassessment 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. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40%, Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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