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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English; BA (Hons) English Literature; BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing (2018 - 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 Social Sciences and Humanities
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/ BA (Hons) + DIntS/+ DPS
Programme title English/English Literature/English with Creative Writing
Programme code HTUB01/HTUB02/HTUB03
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend either: 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 the commencement of Part C.
UCAS code Q300, Q301/ Q320, Q321/ QW38, Q3W8
Admissions criteria

English BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q300

English BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q301

English Literature BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q320

English Literature BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q321

English with Creative Writing BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/qw38

English with Creative Writing BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q3w8

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:28:56 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme seeks to:

  • encourage in students a sense of enthusiasm for the study of English and foster engagement with reading, writing and visual sources, through a broad and diverse curriculum;
  • encourage students to reflect critically upon acts of writing and reading in English, and on the history of textual production and reception;
  • promote understanding of verbal creativity and appreciation of the aesthetic features of literary and non-literary texts;
  • enable students to think independently, reason critically, analyse different forms of discourse, and weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives;
  • instill in students advanced competence in oral and written communication;
  • develop a range of subject specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including highly developed critical, analytical and research skills.

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

  • The English Benchmark Statement
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
  • SEEC Level Descriptors
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy

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 distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry, drama and other kinds of writing and communication;
  • a range of authors and texts from different periods of history, including those before 1800;
  • the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural production;
  • the role of critical traditions in shaping literary history, and the importance of the linguistic, literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;
  • the appropriate and precise use of critical, linguistic and stylistic terminology;
  • the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study which may include creative practice and its theorization;
  • how literature and language produce and reflect cultural change;
  • the structure and functions of the English language and of its regional and global varieties;

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • use critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts;
  • show sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping effects on communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience;
  • demonstrate awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect judgments about the nature of language and literature;
  • show understanding of the critical and theoretical models that apply to their studies; appreciate of the central role of language in the creation of meaning;
  • rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument;
  • where appropriate, demonstrate the use of theories and techniques of writing in their own creative work.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • present cogent and persuasive arguments both in written and oral form and be able to respond to a range of texts through creative or analytical writing;
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate advanced and effective research skills, including the ability to access, work with, and evaluate digital sources;
  • demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgment through critical or creative practice;
  • deploy a broad range of critical vocabulary and appropriate theoretical terminology;
  • demonstrate bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, and expertise in accurately citing sources and using scholarly conventions in the presentation of work.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: demonstrate advanced literacy and communication skills: 

  • demonstrate advanced analytical skills and be able to handle complex information in a structured and systematic way;
  • understand and be able to interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical and interpretive positions and be able to weigh the importance of alternative perspectives;
  • show the capacity to adapt and transfer the critical methods of the discipline to a variety of working environments;
  • show their ability to initiate and take responsibility for their own work;
  • work with others through the presentation of ideas and the collective negotiation of solutions;
  • demonstrate high-level IT skills and the ability to access work with and evaluate electronic resources;
  • demonstrate effective organisational and time-management skills.

4. Programme structure

All modules are weighted at 20 credits except for the Part C Dissertation module which is a 40 credit weighting. For BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing, the dissertation must showcase creative writing; for BA (Hons) English Literature, the dissertation must be on an approved topic in English Literature. Optional module titles are indicative of the options typically offered on the programmes, subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Students will be given appropriate academic advice each year, and can develop a concentration in either creative writing (for BA Hons English with Creative Writing) or English Literature (for BA Hons English Literature).

Students may select modules (with a total weighting of 20 credits) from those listed in the School Catalogue or the University’s Module Catalogue subject to approval by the School.

 

4.1 Part A

Part A Compulsory Modules (100 credits for BA Hons English, BA Hons English Literature) 

Semester one (60 credits)

Semester two (40 credits)

EAA102

Exploring Language and Linguistics (Introduction to Language)

EAA011

Writing in History

EAA104

Analysing Poetry: Metre, Form and Meaning (Introduction to Poetry

EAA701

Theory That Matters: Critiquing Inequalities (Literary and Critical Theories)

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

 

 

Optional Modules In semester two, in addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 20 credit optional module.

Semester one

Semester two (20 credits)

 

 

 

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

EAA003

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

Part A Compulsory Modules (100 credits for BA Hons English with Creative Writing) 

Semester one (60 credits)

Semester two (40 credits)

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

EAA701

Theory That Matters: Critiquing Inequalities (Literary and Critical Theories)

EAA102

Exploring Language and Linguistics (Introduction to Language)

EAA003

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

EAA104

Analysing Poetry: Metre, Form and Meaning (Introduction to Poetry

 

 Optional Modules In semester two, in addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 20 credit optional module.

Semester one

Semester two (20 credits)

 

 

 

 

EAA001

Introduction to Film Studies

 

EAA011

Writing in History

 

4.2 Part B

BA Hons English with Creative Writing students must take the compulsory module:

Semester one

Semester two (min. 20 credits)

 

 

HTB402

Maps and Motors pre- requisite EAA003

BA Hons English and BA Hons English with Creative Writing students must choose 40-credits from the list of Group 1 modules, at least one module in each semester, one of which must be a pre-1800 module (HTB710 or HTB711) and one of which must be a post-1800 module (HTB008 or HTB712).  The remaining credits may be chosen from modules in Groups 1, 2 and 3 over semesters 1 and 2 of which a maximum of 20 can be from Group 3.

 Group 1

Semester one (min. 20 credits)

Semester two (min. 20 credits)

HTB710

Love and Life in Stuart -Era Literature  1603 – 1714 (Renaissance Writings)(pre 1800)

HTB711

Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre 1800)

HTB008

Victorian Literature (post 1800)

HTB712

Modernisms (post 1800)

 

Group 2

 

Semester One

 

Semester 2

HTB035

The Weird Tale

 20

HTB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

 20

HTB017

 

America at War

 

 20

HTB001

From Fan Fiction to YouTube: Navigating the Digital Sphere

 20

 

 

 

HTB402

Maps and Motors Pre Req HTA003

 20


Group 3 

 

 

 

Module code

Module title

 

 

 

HTB065 (20)

Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture

 

 

 

HTB809 (20)

From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

 

 

 

    ACB933 (20)

Material Culture

 

 

 

ACB934 (20)

Fashion Theory

 

 

 

ACB935 (20)

Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art

 

 

 

ACB937 (20)

Experiential Design: Body Adornments and the New Technologies

 

 

 

ACB938 (20)

Arts Management

 

Two x 10 credit modules, one from each Semester from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

 

 


4.3 Part I - Total modular weight of 120 credits 

Four year programme – students registered on the four-year programme will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI. 

CODE

TITLE

HTI001

Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)

HTI002

Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)



4.4 Part C 

Compulsory Modules: Students are advised to select a Dissertation topic that reflects their specialist interests. For BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing, the dissertation must showcase creative writing; for BA (Hons) English Literature, the dissertation must be on an approved topic in English Literature.

Semester one and two

 

 

HTC009

Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)

 

 

       

 

 BA (Hons) English Literature students must take:

Semester one

Semester two (20 credits)

 

 

HTC300

Adapting Shakespeare

BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing student must take:

Semester one (20 credits)

Semester two

HTC320

Driving on: Writing Towards Publication

 

 

 

Optional Modules (For BA (Hons) English: total modular weight 80 credits. For BA (Hons) English Literature and BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing: total modular weight 60 credits)

Semester One

Semester Two

 

HTC016 (20)

 

 

 

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

 

HTC210 (20)

Better Worlds? Utopian and Dystopian Texts and Contexts

HTC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

HTC320 (20)

Driving On: Writing Towards Publication Pre Req HTB402 or EAB314

HTC229 (20)

Neo Victorianism

HTC701 (20)

Global America

HTC440 (20)

The Modern Poet

HTC001 (20)

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

HTC801 (20)

Marketing and the Magazine Business

HTC806 (20)

The Child and the Book.

HTC027 (20)

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

HTC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

 

Two 10-Credit modules, one from each semester, from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2

20

 

 

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 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 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, 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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