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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English and Drama (2015 to 2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 Design and Creative Arts
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons) / BA (Hons) + DPS + DINTS
Programme title English and Drama
Programme code ACUB06
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) or an approved study at a university abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DINTS). 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

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/qw34

BA (Hons) + DPS + DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q3w4

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Aug 2020 15:21:04 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 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

.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: The Making of Performance

20 credits

EAA914

From Analysis to Performance

20 credits

 

English Component

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA102

Exploring Language and Linguistics: An Introduction to Language

20 credits

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits

Optional - NONE

Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAA001

Introduction to Film

20 credits

EAA003

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

EAA011

Writing in History

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.

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

In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

Semester 1

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

ACB904

Writing for Stage and Screen

20 credits

ACB922

Popular Theatres

20 credits

ACB928

Production 1

20 credits

ACB926

Theatre and Education

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

ACB929

Performance Philosophy: Rethinking Contemporary Theatre

20 credits

Optional

ACB034

Voice and Text

20 credits

ACB900

Lighting and Sound Design

20 credits

ACB927

Production 2

20 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)

HTB008

Victorian Literature *

20 credits

HTB710

Love and Life in the Stuart Era 1603-1714 (Renaissance Writing) *

20 credits

Optional

HTB017

America at War

20 credits

HTB035

The Weird Tale

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

HTB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature*

20 credits

HTB712

Modernisms*

20 credits

Optional

HTB001

From Fan to Fiction to Youtube: Navigating the Digital Literary Sphere

20 credits

HTB012

African American Culture

20 credits

HTB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20 credits

HTB402

Maps and Motors

20 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
  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Publishing

 

In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

HTB065

Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture

20 credits

HTB809

From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

 

20 credits

ACB934

Fashion Theory

 

20 credits

ACB935

Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art

 

20 credits

ACB937

Experiential Design: Body Adornments and New Technologies

 

20 credits

ACB938

Arts Management

 

20 credits

 

DPS route

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

Semesters 1 and 2

ACI001

Industrial Training Placement (DPS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits

 

OR

DIntS Route

Candidates will undertake an approved study placement at a partner institution outside the United Kingdom leading to the Diploma in International Studies.

Semesters 1 and 2

 

ACI002

International University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits

Participation in either a work or study placement is subject to School approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

 

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

In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

ACC950

Research Project*

40 credits

Semester 1

Optional

ACC902

Class, Power and Performance on Stage and Screen

20 credits

ACC920

Performing the Absurd

20 credits

ACC951

Group Project: Theatre in the Community

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Optional

ACC500

Theatre Practice

40 credits

ACC910

The Cinematic Stage

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.

 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory – NONE

HTC009

Dissertation*

40 credits

Semester 1

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTC016

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

20 credits

HTC024

Twenty First Century Literature

20 credits

HTC027

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20 credits

HTC229

Neo-Victorianism

20 credits

HTC440

The Modern Poet

20 credits

HTC801

Marketing and Magazine Business

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTC001

Radical and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

20 credits

HTC210

Better Worlds?: Utopian and Dystopian Texts and Contexts

20 credits

HTC300

Adapting Shakespeare

20 credits

HTC320

Driving on: Writing towards Publication

20 credits

HTC701

Global America

20 credits

HTC806

The Child and the Book

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

5.1 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 satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

5.2 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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