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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Drama with a Minor in English (2015 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) / BA (Hons) + DPS
Programme title Drama with a Minor in English
Programme code EAUB05
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend an approved placement in professional industry leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS). The sandwich year (Part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before commencement of Part C.
UCAS code W4Q3 / WQ43
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 10 Aug 2017 22:07:14 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of Drama, and a perspective on the social and cultural significance of English literature;
  • to enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Drama, and of selected instances of  English literature and language;
  • to enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in Drama through specialist study and research;
  • to stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in Drama and English;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

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

  • The Benchmark Statement for Dance, Drama and Performance
  • The Benchmark Statement for English
  • 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:

  • Knowledge of classical and contemporary Drama;
  • Some knowledge of a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800;
  • Understanding and practical experience of a range of research and critical methods in Drama and English studies;
  • Capability of comparing theatre institutions, structures and practices historically and geographically;
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity;
  • Awareness of the role of culture in a changing landscape of performance and literary production;
  • Grasp of the epistemological underpinnings of different research traditions in Drama;
  • Some understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama;
  • An appreciation of the structure and functions of the English language.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • engage in critical reasoning;
  • apply Drama, theatre studies and literary concepts and theories;
  • articulate arguments in speech, writing and other forms.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • locate and retrieve information;
  • use research tools;
  • design and perform practical projects;
  • critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral, written and performed communications.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • handle complex information in a structured and systematic way;
  • participate effectively in group work;
  • use communication effectively, including dialogue, writing formats and visualisation;
  • manage their time effectively.

4. Programme structure

Part A - Introductory Modules

Drama Component 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA911

Acting and the Classics

20 credits

EAA915

Performance Practices

20 credits

Optional - NONE

 

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA912

The Theatre and its Histories

20 credits

EAA914

From Analysis to Performance

20 credits

Optional - NONE                                                                                                                                         

 

English Component

 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits

Optional - NONE

Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20 credits

EAA006

Introduction to American Literature

20 credits

EAA701

Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits

 

Part B - Degree Modules 

 

Candidates normally attempt 60 credits in each semester, accumulating 120 credit units over the year.

Candidates may apply to the Programme Director 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 only apply to take a single semester abroad not a full academic year. The exchange option would be in place of study at Loughborough for a single semester only 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. Students must register for a total of 60 credits in English and Drama in addition to the 60-credit Semester Abroad module.

 Drama Component

 

Semester 1

Compulsory - (total modular weight 20)

 EAB931

 Production 1

 20 credits

 Optional

EAB004

World Theatres

20 credits

EAB033

Puppetry (also available at Part C)

20 credits

EAB155

Brecht: The Critical Stage

20 credits

EAB904

Playwriting and Dramaturgy

20 credits

EAB922

Popular Theatres

20 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

  

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB930

Performance Philosophy

20 credits

Optional

EAB912

Costume Design (also available at Part C)

20 credits

EAB034

Voice and Text

20 credits

EAB704

Modern and Contemporary British Theatre

20 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

 

English Component 

Candidates must normally choose optional modules with a total modular weight of 40 across the year.

  Semester 1

 Compulsory - NONE

 Optional

EAB710

Renaissance Writings

20 credits

EAB008

Victorian Literature

20 credits

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

20 credits

EAB020

Diverse Voices

20 credits

EAB102

American Adaptations

20 credits

EAB040

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siecle

20 credits

EAB035

The Weird Tale

20 credits

  Semester 2

 Compulsory - NONE

 Optional

EAB712

Modernisms

20 credits

EAB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature

20 credits

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

EAB060

American Nightmare

20 credits

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 credits

EAB016

Language in Society (pre-requisite EAB113)

20 credits

EAB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20 credits

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts

20 credits

  

Part I

Four year Sandwich Programme (DPS) route

Candidates will undertake an approved placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies. 

Semesters 1 and 2

EAI001

Industrial Training Placement

120 credits

 

Part C - Degree Modules 

 

Candidates normally attempt 60 credits in each semester, accumulating 120 credit units over the year.

There are no compulsory modules in Part C.

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

  • Performance and Theatre Practice

  • Theoretical, Technical and Historical Drama

  • Costume, Puppetry and Set Design

 

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

 Drama component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 80 but may choose fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of Drama credits to be accumulateed at Part C is 40.

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC950

 Research Project

 40 credits

 Semester 1

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC500

Theatre Practice

40 credits

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

20 credits

EAB033

Puppetry (cannot be taken if completed at Part B)

20 credits

 Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC900

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries (if not taken in semester 1)

20 credits

EAC225

Dance Theatre

20 credits

English component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 40 but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of English creditsto be accumulated at Part C is 20.

 

Optional

EAC009

Dissertation

40 credits

 Semester 1

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC314

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio

20 credits

EAC002

The Return of the King: Literature 1689-1714

20 credits

EAC016

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

20 credits

EAC440

The Modern Poet

20 credits

  Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC024

The Writings of Intimacy

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 

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

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: 

- in order to progress from Part A to Part B, 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 average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the Programme Mark.

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