The English and History integrated joint gives students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their heritage and cultural identity, along with the chance to explore other cultures and traditions. Using a wide range of literary and non-literary materials, the programme examines the dynamic relationship which links all forms of cultural activity to the passions and prejudices, hopes and fears of real people facing the specific challenges of their times. Students on this course will develop a greater appreciation of social and political forces which shape our world and its communities. They will acquire the ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources, enhancing their skills in information gathering and self-expression which are valued so highly by future employers.
English and History
The English and History integrated joint gives students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their heritage and cultural identity, along with the chance to explore other cultures and traditions.
The English and History integrated joint gives students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of their heritage and cultural identity, along with the chance to explore other cultures and traditions.
- Institute Code W75
- UCAS Code QV31
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- Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
- Award BA (Hons)
- Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
- Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
- Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
- School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies
Why choose this course?
This module will examine the shorter fiction and literature of well-known and canonical authors as a means of introducing a range of authors in a digestible fashion whilst also considering the short story as a distinct literary form. We will discuss a range of short literary material to show the contribution that such literature can make to the canon. We will investigate the formal characteristics of the short story – plot (or its frequent absence), narrative technique, arrangement of scenes, tone, and how the structure determines the treatment of a range of contemporary ideas: time and consciousness, subjectivity, alienation, sexuality, body and gender, fantasy, imperialism and immigration.
This module will explore a broad selection of poetry in different forms, genres, and literary periods. The emphasis will be on learning techniques for formal analysis and on developing an awareness of how specific poetic forms (e.g. blank verse, free verse) and genres (e.g. the ballad, the sonnet) develop and are adapted over time.
The module introduces you to the study and practice of history (and if you are studying for a degree in a cognate field, the practice of academic work). Different approaches to the subject, historiographical and methodological issues will be studied in order to familiarise you with the pathway learning outcomes, derived from the QAA History benchmarking statement, which will underpin your studies. A key focus of the module will be the development of subject and key skills that will enable you to cope with more advanced work in the subject.
This module aims to take students with no prior knowledge of the target language to A1 standard in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The module aims to explore some of the ways in which women in the past have challenged their subordination, both by demanding& nbsp;their inclusion in public, political and professional life and& nbsp;through involvement in movements for wider social and political reform. The module will include case study material from Britain and across the British Empire& nbsp;-& nbsp;including India and the Caribbean - to showcase historic campaigns& nbsp;including women& #39;s opposition to slavery, the struggle for women& #39;s higher education,& nbsp;the reform of sexual conduct& nbsp;and the fight for women& #39;s suffrage.
This module provides an introduction to the social, cultural and economic foundation of early modern England, focusing upon the key issues, theories and methodologies underpinning the development of the Tudor and early Stuart State. Particular attention will be drawn to the main historical approaches regarding elite and popular culture, gender, religious practice, trade, poverty, social insurrection and war.
This module aims to facilitate students in rising one stage (A2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This module surveys the history of Europe and the Americas between 1789 and 1914 by exploring major areas of intersection and interdependence in the historical development of both continents. It examines similarities in the use of forced labour, the complex web of economic relations between the continents, and illuminates the flow of population and ideas across the Atlantic. In addition the module also considers the consequences that nation-building and imperialism in Europe and the Americas had for ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples.
This course introduces a number of key texts in medieval and Old English literature through the lens of the medieval animal. You will encounter a range of fantastic beasts in English and European textual and visual cultures from the tenth to sixteenth centuries, and learn the critical skills to analyse them. In doing so, you will examine the importance of animals in forming human and civic identities – including in our own city’s Anglo-Saxon name.
This module introduces and orients first year Humanities, Media and Film students to the scholarly community by developing habits of mind essential to liberal arts learning. Students will therefore learn how scholars in the humanities and media studies frame questions, propose answers and assess the validity of competing approaches. It intends to help students move beyond using knowledge-telling strategies in which they simply find and report information, to using knowledge-transforming strategies in which information is used as a resource or developing new, integrated ideas and arguing new conclusions. The module is designed to provide first year students with opportunities for both sustained, rigorous investigation of a special topic and close faculty-student interaction. It does this by 1) offering students a choice of semester-long seminars based on individual lecturers' special interests, scholarly research or areas of expertise, and 2) learning in small seminar groups based on a shared interest in the topic. While seminars cover a wide range of compelling issues and/or thought-provoking topics, they are united in their focus on five core goals: -To critically analyse information and ideas through close reading of a variety of texts; - To examine issues from multiple perspectives; - To discuss, debate and defend ideas, including their own views, with clarity and reason; - To develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information for the production of clearly written academic texts; - To use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking and communicating.
This module will examine literature as both a source of, and challenge to, different forms of individual, social and national identities. It will seek to address questions concerning the processes of readers' subjectivity and identification, the constructedness of identity and the relationship between literary expression and national identities. In addition, whose identity is under scrutiny when we read literary texts? The author or the reader? Who is the ‘I’ in literary meaning and should we move from the interpretation of texts to the interpretation of interpretations?
This module introduces you to the principles of drama in performance. Aided by theatre professionals the module takes you through the practicalities and theory of putting on a play: interpretation, staging, directing, producing and acting. Using the Arena Theatre's stage and resources, you'll take key scenes from the page to the stage.
The module aims to introduce students to key theoretical and methodological issues through an exploration of popular culture. The module explores the relationship between popular cultural forms and identity, and how culture can be perceived as both an expression of and resistance to dominant norms
This module aims to enhance first year students’ academic engagement with learning by strengthening their academic performance; and to facilitate their transition into a higher education by introducing them to the merits of scholarship and the expectations of joining an academic research community.
The Holocaust stands as a watershed event for western civilization, calling into question the moral and ethical foundations of the West. This module sets the historical exploration of the events of the Holocaust within the wider context of political, religious and legal issues.
This module examines the foundations of modern British society through a focus on the broad period of industrial development and social change c1700-c1819 (the year the Monarchy was presented with an heir apparent). Especial emphasis will be given to the impact of industrialisation, British imperialism and urbanisation on the world of work, politics, culture and the household.
Volunteering in the Community is a community-based learning module which gives students the opportunity to combine practical experience with their academic studies. The module enables students to develop a range of vocational and interpersonal skills commesurate with graduate employment and critical citizenship. In addition, the module provides students with the opportunity to link their academic studies with volunteering activity and to 'learn by doing'.
This module aims to provide both a thorough introduction to the main areas of contemporary literary criticism and theory, and to equip students with a set of theoretical terms and concepts that will enable them to understand what is at stake in current debates in critical and cultural theory.
This module explores the social, political and philosophical contexts of the English Renaissance through its literary culture, concentrating on work of Shakespeare and Milton - the two literary giants who bookend this period of literary history.
The module examines representative works from a wide range of eighteenth-century genres (e.g., poetry, drama, literary and visual satire, the novel, travel literature, philosophical tale, slave narrative, other non-fictional prose), exploring the relationship between literary culture and its wider cultural, political and philosophical contexts.
This module aims to take students with no prior knowledge of the target language to A1 standard in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to encourage an evaluation of different language learning strategies and techniques.
This module gives an overview of the history and development of children's literature and examines the state of contemporary writing for children in various genres.
This module aims to facilitate students in rising one stage (A2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This module explores the social, economic and political upheaval of late modern Europe by focusing on some of the groups who were most profoundly affected: Itinerants, migrants and refugees. It takes as its two main themes the geographical mobility that came in the wake of nineteenth century industrialisation and the movement of populations that resulted from war, persecution and genocide in the twentieth century. Within these two broad themes, the course traces continuities and changes in social attitudes and government policy towards these minority groups . Documents relating to specific case studies will be made available to students, but students are also challenged to uncover source material themselves to reconstruct the perspective and agency of the men, women and children whose life experience is under consideration.
The United States is a nation of huge diversity, and is home to a vast array of different minority groups. These groups comprise of established and recent migrants from all corners of the globe, bringing with them a range of identities, as well as the original inhabitants of the continent, and those descended from enslaved peoples transported there against their will. This module will explore a range of different minority groups and trace their varying fortunes across the tumultuous twentieth century, helping build students’ understanding of change over time. In its coverage of different minority groups within the United States, consideration will be given to a variety of important and recurring themes, including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and religion. Students will be required to show they have conducted independent research, using both primary and secondary materials - on more than one of the groups that is covered during the course - through the different forms of assessment.
This module examines a core, controversial element of modern British national identity: the Empire at its height in especially the Victorian era. It will examine the so-called 'Pax' from the Battle of Waterloo and Peace of Paris in 1815 to the peak of British interventionism under Palmerston, the subsequent period of 'Splendid Isolation', and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Conflicts such as the Crimean War (1853-6) will be discussed in the context of the pursuit of a 'Balance of Power' and the breakdown of the 'Concert of Europe', as well as colonial struggles worldwide including the Indian 'Mutiny' of 1857-8, the 'Opium' Wars against China (1839-42 and 1856-60), the Ashanti Wars (1823-31, 1863-4 and 1873-4), the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, and the Boer Wars of 1880-1 and 1899-1902. Further study will also be made of the complicated nature of peace and 'gunboat diplomacy' in this period, from various Anglo-American crises including the American Civil War (1861-5), periodic 'invasion scares' of France, and the 'Great Game' with Imperial Russia over Central Asia and beyond.
This module explores notions of cultural heritage through the physical and digital preservation and representation of historical sites, objects and collections, with a focus on issues of gender, ethnic and class identity.
This module seeks to explore the political and social history of Ireland from the period of the United Irishmen’s insurgency in the 1790s through to the achievement and consolidation of Irish independence in the years before the Second World War. The module introduces students to key debates in Irish historiography in areas such as Ireland’s relationship with Britain, the emergence of constitutional and revolutionary traditions in Irish nationalism, the relationship between nationalism and Unionism and the impact and legacy of the Irish War of Independence.
The module aims to examine the key themes of gender and sexuality in Britain in the long eighteenth century (c.1688-c.1820). The module focuses upon urban and public culture in London and the provinces using a variety of TSL and multimedia packages to examine both ‘normative’ and ‘transgressive’ behaviour within the ‘urban renaissance’ of British towns.
This module will focus on the key themes, ideas and characteristics of the Gothic genre, situate them in their historical and philosophical context, and attend to the ways in which the representation of the Gothic has developed over the centuries since it first emerged out of the shadows of the Enlightenment. A range of literary texts will be examined, but close attention will be paid to the ways in which the genre has featured in a range of media and cultural environments, including, visual art, film, music, television and youth subcultures. Topics such as cultural anxieties, the ideology of the sublime, sexual politics, and strategies of subversion will be foregrounded, as will the array of critical perspectives and readings that the Gothic has generated.
This module examines the Great War from the variety of vantage points offered by the different sub-disciplines of historical research. It includes traditional military history, but also embraces social, gender and cultural historical approaches to explore its causes and prosecution, its social consequences, and the manner in which it has been commemorated. Students taking the module will develop an understanding of these central components to the history of the war, and of the experience of soldiers and civilians in these years, along with an awareness of the many histories of the war that can be written, and the different aims and methodologies that inform historical work in this field.
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of significant themes in the social history of Victorian Britain. The module explores crime, gender, sex, youth, the supernatural, punishment and social reform.
This module explores the impact of the Cold War on US foreign and domestic policy between 1945 and 1974. The module traces the course of US foreign policy from the end of Franklin D. Roosevelt& rsquo;s administration, through periods of crisis and d& eacute;tente, to the end of the Nixon administration in 1974. At the same time, the module explores the evolving ramifications of the Cold War upon domestic politics and society across these decades.
This module provides opportunities for community-based learning through voluntary community engagement. This activity enables students to understand the relevance of their studies within a community context, combining practical experience with academic studies. In addition, it is an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the Third Sector, and the notion of citizenship. Both subject specific and transferable skills will be developed and utilised throughout this module, thus developing graduate employment attributes.
This module considers a number of British and American literary texts written by women in the light of a range of themes, issues and approaches brought into prominence as a result of contemporary feminist literary theories.
This module explores the literatures of mass movement of peoples in the modern era, including emigration, immigration, including the opportunities and tensions raised within and between communities in novels, plays, poems and other cultural forms.
This module explores the emergence of the United States as a world power at the end of the nineteenth century and its subsequent rise to the status of& nbsp;& quot;superpower& quot;& nbsp;by the end of the Second World War. Although the module& rsquo;s focus in upon US foreign relations, it approaches this topic on a variety of levels. Alongside conflict and diplomacy among nations, the module will consider the impact of US foreign affairs on society and politics within the United States and the impact of US occupations on societies outside of the contiguous states.& nbsp;
This module examines the major preoccupations of twentieth-century American writing with special emphasis on African American writing, woman’s writing, Beat writing, and postmodernism. The module will address US writing (which may include, Caribbean, Canadian and Latin American writing) in order to identify some of the key developments in the history of American literature and its role in helping to shape contemporary literary aesthetics.
This module will use the social, cultural and political history of charity to explore broad themes from the modern history of Britain and its place in the world. As well as these discussions, you'll also be doing a little bit of your own research in the Wolverhampton City Archive (or an agreed alternative) to see how this history played out locally.
The module aims to provide a comprehensive critique of pre-industrial and early-industrial material culture using a range of primary sources and artefacts to examine the extent to which a 'consumer revolution' in culture and society occurred during the period. It examines the acquisition of new items such as tea, coffee, chocolate, gin and household decencies and the agencies and spaces through which these were obtained and displayed. The module is concerned with the theoretical underpinnings to consumption stressing the importance of gender and contemporary attitudes to changing modes of acquisition and use. The focus is based primarily upon the lower and middling sorts of England and Wales, although comparisons with elite culture and Anglo-American and continental European modes of consumption are stressed.
This module aims to facilitate your in rising one stage (A2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Drawing upon an extensive English-language scholarship, and through analysis of translated contemporary sources, students are invited to explore German society in what was a period of profound social change. We initially examine the economic growth that transformed the new state, focusing on the high levels of geographical mobility generated, on rapid urbanization and the attempts to manage the worst of its social side-effects. Attention then shifts to the particular experience of minorities within Reich borders, and to German emigrants and colonisers overseas. This focus on ethnicity as a central component of social identity is followed in subsequent weeks by discussion of the manner on which gender and social class also shaped the life course of German subjects. In tracing the emergence of the labour movement, we also consider the mass political participation characteristic of the peace-time Wilhelmine era (1890-1914), and this remains a prominent theme in the classes that follow on militarism, war-time society, and the revolution that accompanied defeat in 1918. The final class concerns the fractured society that emerged after the war and its transition through political and economic crisis to a period of relative stability. The module seeks - in the first instance - to comprehend German society in this period in its own terms; to further our understanding of its diversity and its different and competing political traditions, and of the processes which led to its modernization. This said, the catastrophe of National Socialist rule that was to follow, must mean that it also our duty to explore the continuities between our period and that of 1933-45, and to appreciate the long-term significance (and discontinuity) of the decade of turmoil (1914-1924) with which it closed.
This module will examine and analyse some of the major themes in German history from the end of the First World War to the end& nbsp;of the Second World War. Special consideration will be given to& nbsp;the political, social and economic developments in& nbsp;Weimar Germany which led to the& nbsp;rise of the NSDAP, and to the& nbsp;combination of coercion and consent which helped it secure and& nbsp;retain control. The module will also consider& nbsp;the possibilities that existed for& nbsp;opposing the regime and its policies, as well as to& nbsp;its treatment of political opponents, and those groups persecuted& nbsp;as social outsiders& nbsp;and racial enemies. Further classes& nbsp;are devoted to the development of& nbsp;policy towards Germany and Europe& #39;s Jews,& nbsp;the ideology which drove this, and the& nbsp;process of cumulative radicalization that led to& nbsp;their mass murder.& nbsp;& nbsp;& nbsp;& nbsp;& nbsp;
This module provides the opportunity for students to conduct their own research into a negotiated subject of their choice within the areas of English Language Studies or English Literary Studies. It requires students to demonstrate the analytical skills acquired over length of their English degree, including the abilities to construct and sustain an argument, and to support it using evidence.
The Independent Study in History enables the student to explore a relevant historical topic or theme in depth which has either generated particular academic and intellectual interest, or has not been covered extensively in the academic programme. Students will register two proposed topics, the most viable of which will form an agreed title. In consultation with the Independent Study co-ordinator, students are then allocated to an appropriate academic supervisor. The final assignment comprises an extended written piece of work based on independently-accessed primary and secondary source material.
This module aims to facilitate students in rising one stage (B1/B2/C1) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
This module maps, historicises and analyses our rapidly changing experience in the digital age, which confronts us with new and diverging forms of social relationships, identities and changing human behaviour. The module explores how narrative form is changing by paying attention to new modes, media, formats, platforms and reading devices with new temporalities and possibilities, such as literature published via Twitter, gaming narratives, cell phone novels, and new genres such as 'tech thrillers'. We also analyse game narratives.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the Modernist period and the term ‘modernism’ in some of its classifying and critical uses, and to develop and deploy reading skills appropriate to modernist texts across a selection of works.
This is a module with syllabus rotating from year-to-year, taught by different staff in turn (sometimes alone, conceivably also in pairs or teams as staff interests and workload availability dictate). The content will range as widely as staff research interests and/or students' passions permit, so one year might be featuring: a theme (e.g., literature on utopias and dystopias, or war, or humans in conflict with their natural environment, or literature focused on the workplace, etc.); a literary genre or sub-genre (e.g., medieval romance poetry; political novels; detective fiction, etc.); or a single author study.
The Family in Britain, 1830-1939 Family life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries evokes images that range from tyrannical, cold fathers terrorising their dependants, to sickly, sentimental ‘angels of the house’ overseeing the domestic hearth. This module will explore both the myths and the realities of family life in this period. It will consider the economic and social factors that shaped family structures, as well as the ideas, aspirations and moral panics that led to understandings of what good, proper family life should be like. The module will investigate the roles within the family of the various members, beginning with husbands and wives and then extending the analysis to other generations, both younger and older, and to further members of the household, including servants. The module will pay attention to the role of class, gender, ethnicity and age in influencing experiences of family life, as well as external factors such as government intervention and war, suggesting that family life was a good deal more complicated – and interesting – than the conventional image would suggest.
This module draws on a range of texts and cultural practices to addresse the extremes of representation. We will examine some examples of the ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultural texts that are hidden from mainstream society, and those which are rejected by both/either the populace and the academy. Our objects of enquiry will be representational strategies, and their real effects on individuals and on society.
This module gives students a thorough introduction to the Victorian period, and depending on the year of delivery will cover from approximately 1830-1880, or 1860-1900, offering both breadth and depth of coverage. Students will study texts from a range of media: novels, poetry, short stories, non-fictional extracts, paintings. We will constantly be making links between literary and artistic texts and their cultural and historical contexts and students will be encouraged to consider a range of approaches to the study of Victorian literature.
This module examines the meanings and limitations of Romanticism as a concept encompassing movements in literature and culture between 1780 and 1840. With reference to poetry and non-fictional prose, the module explores in particular the interactions and interdependencies between aesthetics, politics, and sites of cultural contention (e.g. representations of revolution, gender roles and rights, travel and landscape, and the writer in society).
This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to gain work experience in careers in which they can employ skills and knowledge drawn from history, politics or war studies.
This module examines youth culture and popular music in twentieth century Britain. Sessions explore the emergence of youth as a social problem and the relationship between youth, music, gender, race and social class. Case studies include Teddy Boys, Mods, Rockers, Punk and Northern Soul. Special consideration is given to the representation of youth in post-war British cinema.
Potential Career Paths
Graduates from this course will be extremely attractive to any employer in the education sector, holding qualifications in two key components of the national curriculum. And whilst primary and secondary school teaching is the largest single destination for our graduates, Wolverhampton students from this course have gone onto careers in: journalism; publishing; art gallery, museum and archive research administration; advertising and marketing; public relations; human resources and many other posts within the commercial sector which require creativity and excellent skills in written and oral communication. A notable proportion of our graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, studying for Masters and PhD degrees.
Everything you need to know about this course!
The course allows you to study a full range of topics from both English and History in an innovative, supportive and exciting environment.
The course is one of the few new universities to offer modules in every literary period from the Renaissance to the present day.
The course is recognised nationally as a leader in the incorporation of IT and digital resources in the classroom.
You will be taught by leading scholars and academic experts, with a proven and respected research and publications record.
On successful completion of this course you will have:
- An appreciation of the historical and theoretical contexts for developing an understanding of culture and cultural production;
- Knowledge and understanding of literary and non-literary texts across a range of historical periods and a variety of regional, national and global cultural contexts;
- The ability to apply the critical theories and methodologies requisite to the scholarly analysis of literary and non-literary texts;
- A range of transferable skills intrinsic to each subject area and of value in graduate employment;
- The ability to identify and employ a range of oral, written and digital resources in the production of advanced scholarly materials.
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Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points
- A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
- BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
- Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
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- Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course
Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
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Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
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