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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English and Drama (2015 to 2017 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 English and Drama
Programme code EAUB06
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 QW34 / Q3W4
Admissions criteria

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:56:29 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of Drama, and develop an understanding of the social and cultural significance of English literature;
  • to enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in English and Drama through specialist study and research;
  • to stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in both subjects. 

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 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:

  • A knowledge of classical and contemporary Drama; a significant knowledge of a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800.  
  • An understanding and practical experience of a range of research and critical methods in English and Drama studies; a capability of comparing theatre institutions, structures and practices historically and geographically.
  • An appreciation of social and cultural diversity.
  • The ability to understand the epistemological underpinnings of different research traditions in the subject areas.
  • An understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama, and of the structure and functions of the English language.  
  • They should also have an understanding of the power of imagination in literary creation and of the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary and performance studies.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this 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 and Drama studies;
  • the ability to articulate arguments in speech, writing and other forms.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • present cogent and persuasive arguments in oral, written and practical form;
  • critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral, written and performed communications;
  • locate and retrieve information using a variety of research methods;
  • they should be able to design and perform practical projects individually and in groups.
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 using communication effectively, including dialogue, writing formats and visualisation;
  • demonstrate effective organisational and time-management skills.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Part A - Introductory Modules

 Candidates must choose 20 credits of optional English modules in Semester 2 so that 120 credit units are accumulated over the year. All of the 60 Drama credits are compulsory

 Drama Component

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

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

 

English Component

 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA102

An Introduction to Language

20 credits

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits

Optional - NONE

Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

20 credits

EAA200

How to do things with Digital Texts

20 credits

EAA701

Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits

 4.2 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

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 60 credits but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of Drama credits to be accumulated at Part B is 40.

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:

Semester 1

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAB033

Puppetry (also available at Part C)

20 credits

EAB155

Brecht: The Critical Stage 20 credits

EAB704

Modern and Contemporary British Theatre

20 credits

EAB922

Popular Theatres  

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

 

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB930

Performance Philosophy

20 credits

Optional

EAB034

Voice and Text

20 credits

EAB904

Playwriting and Dramaturgy 20 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

 English Component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 60 credits but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of English credits to be accumulated at Part B is 40.

*Students must take at least one module from the four available compulsory modules listed.

 Semester 1

 Compulsory (total modular weight 20) 

 

EAB710

 

Renaissance Writings*

 

20 credits

EAB008

Victorian Literature*

20 credits

Optional

 

 

EAB154

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits

EAB113

Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits

EAB039

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

20 credits

EAB035

The Weird Tale

20 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

 

 

 Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature*

20 credits

EAB712

Modernisms*

20 credits

Optional

EAB017

America at War

20 credits

EAB020

Diverse Voices

20 credits

EAB016

Language in Society (pre-requisite EAB113)

20 credits

EAB018

Women's Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20 credits

EAB101

Study Abroad

60 credits

 

Interdisciplinary Arts options also available in Semester 2:

Candidates may choose to take a module in the following list in place of a module in their main subject area(s).

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:

  •  History of Art, Architecture and Design
  •  Visual Culture
  •  Arts Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Publishing

 

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

EAB012

African American Culture

20 credits

SAB938

Arts Management

20 credits

EAB912

Costume Design

20 credits

SAB935

Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art

20 credits

EAB114

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

SAB934

Fashion Theory

20 credits

EAB809

From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

20 credits

EAB110

Introduction to Multimodality

20 credits

SAB933

Material Culture

20 credits

SAB929

19th Century Bodies

20 credits

EAB050

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

20 credits

SAB937

Non-Verbal Communication: Body Adornments and New Technologies

20 credits

SAB939

Word and Image: Verbo-Visual Exchange in Art and Literature

20 credits

4.3 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

 

4.4 Part C - Degree Modules

Candidates normally attempt 60 credits in each semester, accumulating 120 credit units over the year.  In accordance with University Regulations, students should take at least 90 credits of C-coded modules in their final year of study.

 Drama component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 60 but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework.  The minimum number of Drama credits to be accumulated at Part C is 40.

 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:

Semesters 1 and 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAC950

Research Project*

40 credits

Semester 1

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

Optional

EAC900

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

20 credits

EAC225

Dance Theatre

20 credits

 *Students may choose whether to take Dissertation in English or Research Project in Drama but may not choose both. They do not have to choose either.

 English component

Candidates must normally choose optional modules with a total modular weight of 60 across the year. The minimum number of English credits to be accumulated at Part C is 40.


Semesters 1 and 2

Compulsory - NONE

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

EAC701

Global America 20 credits

EAC109

Romantic Writings 1815-1832

20 credits 

EAC300

Rare Shakespeare

20 credits

EAC001

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

20 credits 

EAC024

Writings of Intimacy

20 credits

 *Students may choose whether to take Dissertation in English or Research Project in Drama but may not choose both. They do not have to choose either.

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 a 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 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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