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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English (p/t) (2005 to 2014 entry)

Academic Year: 2017/18

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 School of the Arts, English and Drama
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)
Programme title English
Programme code EAUB04
Length of programme The duration of the programme will be not less than eight semesters and not more than 14.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:31:26 BST

1. Programme Aims

The aims of the provision are generally in accord with the Subject Benchmark Statement for English. 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. It sees the study of English as a means of developing the ability of students to think creatively, to read critically and to be both sensitive and disciplined in their approach to their studies. Our graduates are trained 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:

  • The English Benchmark Statement
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • substantial knowledge of a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800;
  • an understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama, and should have an appreciation of  the structure and functions of the English language;
  • 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;
  • the ability to deploy useful and precise critical terminology;
  • an appreciation of the power of imagination in literary creation and have an awareness of the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study. 

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 texts and will have a thorough understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to English studies;
  • an appreciation of the central role of language in the creation of meaning and will have gained rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument;
  • 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;
  • critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communications;
  • demonstrate 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

Although open to revision, students should identify in their first year a plan of when they intend to undertake the necessary modules up to graduation.

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 50)

EAA101

Critical Studies 1

10 credits

EAA141

Tutorial Course (Year One) 1

20 credits

EAA142

Tutorial Course (Year Two) 3

20 credits

Optional*

EAA006

Introduction to American Literature

20 credits

EAA003

Introduction to the Short Story

20 credits

EAA023

Oral Communication

20 credits

EAA145

Performance, Stage and Management

20 credits

EAA108

The Search for Identity

20 credits

EAA010

Writing Women

20 credits

EAA102

An Introduction to Language

10 credits

EAA016

The Essay

10 credits

EAA104

Introduction to Poetry 1

10 credits

EAA015

Introduction to Short Narrative

10 credits

EAA002

Women’s Voices

10 credits

 Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 30)

EAA201

Critical Studies 2

10 credits

EAA241

Tutorial Course (Year One) 2

20 credits

Optional *

EAA011

Writing in History

20 credits

EAA701

Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits

EAA204

Introduction to Poetry 2

20 credits

*In addition to their compulsory modules, candidates will also take modules with a total weight of 40 from the available optional modules. 

4.2 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. 

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:

  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

 

In the 2017-2018 academic year the available modules will be:

 Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20 credits

Optional

EAB710

Renaissance Writings

20 credits

EAB039

Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture

20 credits

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB035      

Weird Tale

20 credits

 

 Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB712

Modernisms

20 credits

 Optional

EAB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature 

20 credits

EAB114

Elephants and Engines

20 credits

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts

20 credits

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 credits

EAB016

Language in Society

20 credits

EAB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20 credits

EAB020

Diverse Voices

20 credits

EAB017

America at War

20 credits

 4.3 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. 

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:

  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

 

In the 2017-2018 academic year the available modules will be:

 


Semesters 1 and 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 30)

EAC009

Dissertation

40 credits

 Semester 1

Compulsory (None)

Optional

EAC002

The Return of the King, Literature 1689 - 1714

20 credits

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual

20 credits

EAC314

Maps and Motors

20 credits

EAC440

The Modern Poet

20 credits

 
Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20 credits

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20 credits

EAC001

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

20 credits

EAC701

Global America

20 credits

EAC109

Romantic Writings 1815 - 1832

20 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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