Durham University

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Literature and History

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Course summary

Joint Honours in English and History is a cross-disciplinary course, which develops and assesses skills that are common to both disciplines alongside others that are specific to each. The course offers you the opportunity to acquire a range of both literary-critical and historical knowledge, develops the ability to deploy and contextualise a number of subject-specific skills in each discipline, and locates these skills and forms of knowledge in relation to one another. Year 1 In the first year, you will take three modules in English Literature and three modules in History. Examples of optional modules in English: Introduction to Drama Introduction to the Novel Introduction to Poetry Romance and the Literature of Chivalry Epic and Literature of Legend Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature. Examples of optional modules in History: Beyond the Northlands: The Vikings and their World Decline and Crisis: Europe 1300-1500 Early Modern England: A Social History Society and Culture in China under Ming and Qing Dynasties Reformation Europe The Century of Revolution Making History The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050 AD. Year 2 In English, you have a wide choice from among lecture and seminar modules, but must take either Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism or Shakespeare. In History, you are offered modules that provide time-depth and focus on a closely defined period, and modules that are broader and more wide ranging, typically offering a widely delimited chronological and geographical approach. Compulsory modules in English: EITHER / OR Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism Shakespeare (although both may be selected). Examples of optional lecture modules in English (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials): Chaucer Old English Old Norse Old French Renaissance Literature Victorian Literature Literature of the Modern Period Examples of optional seminar modules in English (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars): Jane Austen Arthurian Literature Toni Morrison: Texts and Contexts The Brontës Shakespeare’s History Plays Romantic Plays and Players (a maximum of one may be selected). Examples of optional modules in History: Conversations with History Hard Times: British Society, 1818-1902 Robin Hood The Book of Hours in Medieval Life and Art The Court: Art and Power in Early Modern Europe Selling the Tudor Monarchy Political Culture in Japan since 1688 Year 3 In English, the combination of a range of optional lecture modules and Special Topics is designed to broaden and deepen your knowledge base and analytical skills. In History, the syllabus encourages the detailed study and analysis of historical events, trends and problems by means of a Special Subject (requiring close study of a highly specialised topic using primary source materials) and a Dissertation. The third year also includes the possibility of choosing ‘reflective’ modules which oblige students to study a particular historical problem that will lead them to reflect upon the problematical nature of the historical enterprise, on its technique, historiography and subjectivity. Study Abroad You may apply to study abroad for an additional year between Levels 2 and 3 (transferring from BA Hons in English Literature and History to BA Hons English Literature and History with a Year Abroad). Supported by the International Office and the Department’s International Co-ordinator, you can put yourself forward for the following study abroad options: The Overseas Exchange programme university-wide links with institutions in North America, the Far East, Australasia etc. Successful year abroad applicants will take a course of study chosen in consultation with the International Co-ordinator and the host institution. Modules relating to literary study should normally comprise a minimum of 50% of those taken. There should not be significant overlap between modules taken on the Year Abroad and modules taken in Durham.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 In the first year, you will take three modules in English Literature and three modules in History. Examples of optional modules in English: Introduction to Drama Introduction to the Novel Introduction to Poetry Romance and the Literature of Chivalry Epic and Literature of Legend Classical and Biblical Backgrounds to English Literature. Examples of optional modules in History: Beyond the Northlands: The Vikings and their World Decline and Crisis: Europe 1300-1500 Early Modern England: A Social History Society and Culture in China under Ming and Qing Dynasties Reformation Europe The Century of Revolution Making History The Birth of Western Society, 300-1050 AD. Year 2 Compulsory modules in English: EITHER / OR Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism Shakespeare (although both may be selected). Examples of optional lecture modules in English (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials): Chaucer Old English Old Norse Old French Renaissance Literature Victorian Literature Literature of the Modern Period American Poetry. Examples of optional seminar modules in English (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars): Jane Austen Arthurian Literature Germanic Myth and Legend Toni Morrison: Texts and Contexts The Brontës Evelyn Waugh Shakespeare’s History Plays Romantic Plays and Players (a maximum of one may be selected). Examples of optional modules in History: Conversations with History Hard Times: British Society, 1818-1902 Robin Hood The Book of Hours in Medieval Life and Art The Court: Art and Power in Early Modern Europe Selling the Tudor Monarchy Political Culture in Japan since 1688 Soviet Socialism in the Cold War: The USSR, 1945-1991 From Vikings to Crusaders: The Formation of the Scandinavian Kingdoms, 900-1200 Colonial British America, 1600-1776. Year 3 In English, the combination of a range of optional lecture modules and Special Topics is designed to broaden and deepen your knowledge base and analytical skills. In History, the syllabus encourages the detailed study and analysis of historical events, trends and problems by means of a Special Subject (requiring close study of a highly specialised topic using primary source materials) and a Dissertation. The third year also includes the possibility of choosing ‘reflective’ modules which oblige students to study a particular historical problem that will lead them to reflect upon the problematical nature of the historical enterprise, on its technique, historiography and subjectivity. Compulsory modules: One from: Dissertation in English Dissertation in History (40 credits). Examples of optional lecture modules in English (taught by weekly lectures and four one-hour tutorials): Old English Old Norse Old French Restoration and 18th Century Literature Literature of the Romantic Period Post-War Fiction and Poetry American Fiction Medieval Literature. Examples of optional special topics in English (taught by fortnightly two-hour seminars): Literature, Cinema and Neuroscience Shakespeare on Film Resistance in South Asian Postcolonial Literature Writing Prose Fiction Reading Joyce’s Ulysses B. Yeats Keats and Shelley Elizabeth Bishop and Twentieth Century Verse Nonsense Literature Creative Writing Poetry Writing Mountains in the Early Twentieth Century Seamus Heaney Jewish American Fiction Science and the Literary Imagination Mind and Narrative. Examples of optional modules in History: A World Turned Upside Down: Radicalism in the English Revolution From War to Cold War: US Foreign Policy, c. 1944-1948 Politics and Polemics: Medieval German Kings and their Chroniclers, c. 1024-1125 Revolution and History The Ruin of the World: Roman to Barbarian Gaul, 400-500 Medieval Iceland: Settlement, Sagas, Civil War Popular Cultures in Early Modern England 1500-1640.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
QV21
Institution code:
D86
Campus name:
Durham City
Campus code:
O

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome enquiries regarding applications for deferred entry which may be considered in special circumstances. Please contact us using www.durham.ac.uk/study/askus/ Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AAB (or equivalent) including History and English Literature at grade A. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/


English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £22900* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £22900* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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