Study an exciting range of literature in English, from writers across the globe and on subjects including the novel, Victorian and Romantic literature and Shakespeare and Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout history. You’ll receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics and will be taught to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair. By studying English Literature at DMU you’ll join a lively and welcoming academic community – a group of people who are friendly, supportive and passionate about literature. We’ll encourage you to get involved in our student-led English society, go on UK theatre trips or travel abroad with DMU Global, our international experience programme. We’re proud that our English Literature graduates enter a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service. Key features:
- Learn from world-renowned academics and internationally-acclaimed guest speakers such as writers Kate Forsyth, Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.
- The flexibility to tailor your degree – either take the opportunity to gain another language by combining English Literature with French, Spanish or Mandarin at beginner or post-GCSE level, or add Creative Writing and English Language modules.
- Gain valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have worked with the National Space Centre, the English Association, Age Concern, the Leicester Mercury, and local schools and colleges.
- Studying English teaches a range of transferable skills that make English graduates extremely employable and sought after in the workplace, find out more.
- English graduates succeed in wide-ranging careers with big names that include Penguin Random House, HomeStyle magazine, the BBC and Pan Macmillan.
- Broaden your horizons through DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin and took part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library.
"First year: Core modules • Introduction to the Novel • Poetry and Society • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare Optional modules • Introduction to English and Adaptation • Explore Creating Writing • Evolving Language: Histories of Language Second year: Core module • Exploration and Innovation: 14th Century to 18th Century Literature Optional modules: • Romantic and Victorian Literature • 20th and 21st Century Literature • Ways of Reading • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics • Text Technologies • Writing Place • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages Third year: Core module • Dissertation Optional modules • English in the Workplace • Modernism and Modernity • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations • Contemporary Irish Writing • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television • 19th-Century American Literature • Textual Studies Using Computers • Unruly Women, Degenerate Men • Professional Writing Skills • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control • Shakespeare and Marlowe • Biofiction: Writers’ Afterlives • Writing Adaptations: Theory and Practice • Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric • medieval.com • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing • Victorian Revolutionary Literature • Watching Early Modern Drama: Spectatorship and Fandom"
"Overview: You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics who are friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. You will debate literature from different centuries and different continents in lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will attend guest lectures by exciting writers and thinkers; previous speakers include Simon Armitage, Andrew Davies (screenwriter), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion and Benjamin Zephaniah. You will learn to write fluently and persuasively, to articulate complex ideas and arguments, to research topics comprehensively and to challenge existing opinions. The first year expands your knowledge of the major literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction) and develops foundational skills in research, writing and critical analysis. It also introduces you to adaptation studies – an area of study bridging English and other media, including film and television, which you can study in each year of your course at DMU if you choose. The second year broadens your understanding of the development of English literature through time, with options to continue your study of adaptations or to engage deeply with literary theory. The third year allows you to choose from an exciting range of options to gain in-depth knowledge of the writers and texts that interest you. You will produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the support of a supervisor in one-to-one tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement through the module ‘English in the Workplace’ to boost your skills and experience and enhance your CV. Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options. You will be supported by a personal tutor with access to specialist guidance in writing and study skills from the Centre for Learning and Study Support. Our postgraduate students also run a popular peer mentoring scheme providing friendly and informal advice for undergraduate students in English at DMU. We offer a range of student prizes to reward outstanding academic achievement in English Literature at all levels of the BA degree. Contact hours: You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays, creative writing options and reports) and an exam for some modules. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research."
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|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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