Northumbria University Newcastle - English Literature and History BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

English Literature and History BA (Hons)

If you have a love of both literature and history, this course is for you. There are enormous benefits to studying the two disciplines in tandem.

You will use poems, novels and other works of literature to interpret and understand past societies and cultures, and, at the same time, you will bring textual analysis to historical sources. You’ll be asking questions about how the two disciplines differ, but also how the methods and approaches of the historian and literature specialist overlap. By the end of the course you will have developed both the rigorous research skills of the historian and the advanced communication skills of the literature student.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

With highly honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. In recent years, many of our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study or developed successful careers in marketing, PR, media, journalism, communications, publishing, advertising, education (at various levels), local government, and in both public and private sectors.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course Details

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, discussion activities, writing exercises and individual tutorials. These will be backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. The extensive feedback that you will receive will ‘feed-forward’ in the sense that tutors will work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessments will develop your communication skills while also inspiring you to analyse evidence, pursue original thought and persuade others of your ideas. Assessment methods will include essays, presentations, coursework, examinations and a final-year dissertation.

Year 1

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core,20 Credits)
Talking Texts (Core,20 Credits)
Gothic Stories: Nineteenth Century to the Present (Core,20 Credits)
The Making of Contemporary Europe (Core,20 Credits)
Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe 1200-1720 (Core,20 Credits)
Making History (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Two

The American West (Optional,20 Credits)
Early Modern Cultures (Optional,20 Credits)
Modernism and Modernity (Core,20 Credits)
Geneses of English Literature (Optional,20 Credits)
Literature and Adaptation (Optional,20 Credits)
Literary Revolutions, Eighteenth Century to Romanticism (Core,20 Credits)
Affluence and Anxiety: The US from 1920 to 1960 (Optional,20 Credits)
Slavery, Sectionalism and Manifest Destiny (Optional,20 Credits)
Your Graduate Future (Optional,20 Credits)
From Reconstruction to Reunification: Europe, 1945-1991 (Optional,20 Credits)
Ireland before and after the Great Famine, 1798-1916 (Optional,20 Credits)
Into the Dark Valley: Europe, 1919-1939 (Optional,20 Credits)
The Holocaust (Optional,20 Credits)
Enlightenment to Empire: France in an Age of Revolution, 1715-1815 (Optional,20 Credits)
Early Modern Monarchies: Power and Representation, 1500-1750 (Optional,20 Credits)
Rise of the Russian Empire: the Romanovs, 1613-1855 (Optional,20 Credits)
Power and Freedom: West African History, 1850 to 2010 (Optional,20 Credits)
Origins of the Modern Middle East, c. 1770-1970 (Optional,20 Credits)
Migration, Diaspora and the Making of Modern Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
Witches, Knights and Plague: Medieval Europe on Film (Optional,20 Credits)
British Empires: The First Two Hundred Years (Optional,20 Credits)
History/Film: Using Popular Film as Historical Evidence (Optional,20 Credits)
Travel Writing and Tourism in Modern Britain and Ireland (Optional,20 Credits)
Field Notes: Politics and Policy Making in Place (Optional,20 Credits)
Unilang - Languages for all - Level 5 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year 3

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year 4

States of Nature: Environments and Peoples in the Americas (Optional,20 Credits)
Vamps and Virgins: Gothic Sexualities (Optional,20 Credits)
Sin, Sex, and Violence: Marlowe in Context (Optional,20 Credits)
The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race (Optional,20 Credits)
Postwar US Writing (Optional,20 Credits)
Twenty First Century Literature: Writing in the Present (Optional,20 Credits)
From Jane Austen to Austenland: Representing the Regency in Literature and Film (Optional,20 Credits)
Making Books (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing Women: Aphra Behn in Focus (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing and Environment (Optional,20 Credits)
Thieves, Harlots, Pirates, Murderers: Criminal Lives in the Long Eighteenth Century (Optional,20 Credits)
Women, Crime and Subversion in Early Modern Europe (Optional,20 Credits)
Joint Honours Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)
Northern Ireland: The 'Troubles' and the Search for Peace (Optional,20 Credits)
Sex and the City: Urban Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
Mystics, Deviants and Satanists: Unorthodox Thinking in the Age of the Inquisition (Optional,20 Credits)
Law and Order USA: Police, Prisons, and Protest in Modern America (Optional,20 Credits)
The Art of Power: Tudor Court Culture (Optional,20 Credits)
Holocaust Testimony and Cultural Memory (Optional,20 Credits)
Environmental disaster in modern Britain (Optional,20 Credits)
History of Antisemitism (Optional,20 Credits)
The British Women's Suffrage Movement in History and Memory (Optional,20 Credits)
Nicaragua in Revolution, 1979-1990 (Optional,20 Credits)
Russia Between Democracy and Dictatorship: Gorbachev to Putin, 1985-2008 (Optional,20 Credits)
How to Kill a King: Monarchies in Crisis, 1547-1689 (Optional,20 Credits)
Creatures of Empire: an Animal History of British Colonialism (Optional,20 Credits)
Taking the King's Shilling: Ireland and the British Army, 1793-1945 (Optional,20 Credits)
Capitalism and its Others (Optional,20 Credits)
Secret Documents, Oral Traditions: How We Know About African History (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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