The University of Wolverhampton provides the only joint honours Literatures and Law degree in the local region, exploring both canonical and popular works by diverse authors alongside the foundations of legal knowledge. This curriculum places a strong emphasis on the ways in which literatures shape social and cultural identities, thereby impacting important contemporary issues in law such as representation, equality and diversity in society. Friendly, welcoming staff at the School of Humanities will work with you to help achieve your full potential, in conjunction with opportunities to take sessions with internationally renowned literary critics, novelists and poets, the Literature@Wolves Culture Programme offering opportunities for visits to sites of regional, national and international interest, museums, galleries and events as well as regular events on campus. Embedded throughout the course are further opportunities for assessment and work experience, playing to your newly developed strengths and supporting your skills for employment upon graduation. The Foundation Year will allow you to acclimatise to University life and the culture of Wolverhampton, aiding in the construction of a base of knowledge which will inform your later work.
Why choose this course?
You will have the opportunity to study and understand contemporary social issues from different disciplinary perspectives. You will engage with current academic debates about a range of social issues and debate and discuss ideas about the social world that will challenge and extend your thinking. The module will provide an exciting basis for your future study of the Social Sciences.
This module is designed to introduce you to university life. It will support you in exploring the university environment. It will also introduce you to the wide variety of academic skills needed to succeed at university and will support you in the development of these skills.
In this module, you will work collaboratively with other students on a project that reflects an area of shared interest relating to the broad themes of Business, Law or the Social Sciences. You will have the opportunity to work as a small team to devise, design and plan a project relating to a topic of shared interest. In many aspects of life and work, teamwork and collaboration are the norm to solve real world-problems. This group-based project will allow you to develop a range of skills, including leadership skills, time-management, negotiation, communication, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. By investigating and responding to a complex question, challenge or problem, you and your group will acquire a deeper knowledge of your topic. The module will conclude with a conference, where your group’s project will be presented to the other groups in your class.
This module introduces you to Wolverhampton and the people who live there using concepts and insights from a variety of academic subjects, for example Social Policy, Sociology, History, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Law, and Politics, amongst others. You will explore a range of cultural and social issues.
The module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of contract law by considering the requirements for a legally binding agreement, with particular emphasis on the formation of a contract and the contents of a contract, including exclusion of liability.
The Criminal Law module involves study of the general principles of criminal law including secondary participation and attempts. It covers the requirements of various offences that may be committed against the person including murder, manslaughter and non-fatal offences. As well as offences against the person, the module involves the study of theft, burglary, robbery, fraud, criminal damage and arson. As criminal liability requires that the actus reus and mens rea of the crime has been committed in the absence of a valid defence, the module also looks at intoxication and self-defence, along with murder-specific defences.
This will be a team taught module that utilises the expertise of the entire team and will cover a range of texts from different eras, cultural heritages, genres and forms, but all with a local connection to the West Midlands region.
This module will cover the basic character of tortious liability; The origins of the tort of negligence. The historical development of the duty of care. The standard of care and breach of the duty of care. Causation in fact and law. Nervous shock law. Pure economic loss and liability for omissions. Occupiers' liability and trespass to the person. You will also examine the availability of tortious defences in these areas.
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.
This module explores representations of crime in literature and culture from the Victorian era to the present day. Students will learn about the cultural construction of criminality and deviancy, and consider the ideologies at work in crime, victimhood and punishment in relation to gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, class, and disability.
Having already studied the essential elements required for the formation of a contract, the discharge of a contract and remedies for breach of contract, this module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the factors which may affect the validity of a contract either prior to its formation or after its formation. The module also aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the rights of a party or of a third party to enforce a contractual term.
This module aims to provide knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of English land law and an introduction to the various rights and interests which can exist in land, with particular reference to the development of equity, registered & unregistered land, trusts of land & co-ownership, freehold covenants, leases, easements and mortgage.
This module explores the social, political and philosophical contexts of the English and global Renaissance through its literary culture.
This module aims to provide both a thorough introduction to the main areas of contemporary literary criticism and theory, with a particular emphasis on textual/cultural constructions of identity. Students will be equipped 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, and the way in which such debates inform the politics of literary and cultural representation. Topics covered include Structuralism/Post-Structuralism; Psychoanalysis; Marxism; Feminisms; Postcolonialism; Disability Studies; Animal Studies. Students will be provided with copies of theoretical essays via the VLE, with particular emphasis on thinkers from beyond the white, European-American 'canon' of theory.
This module will look at the procedure and processes involved in criminal investigation and litigation with regards to the core principles of criminal liability, building upon the substantive criminal offences covered in the level 4 module Substantive Crime. This is an application based module, where students will learn about the criminal litigation process based on real life scenarios, interactive learning, role play, lectures and seminars. Students will be expected to draw on and apply knowledge f the following areas of law and practice: • Core legal principles of criminal liability relating to a number of offences; • The procedure and processes at the police station, including advising the client prior to interview; • The procedure and processed involved in prosecuting and defending a case before the Magistrates, Crown and Youth Courts.
This module will explore the representation of disability in Victorian literature and culture, using a definition of the 'Victorian era' which expands beyond the colonial centre and considering texts as part of a long nineteenth century as well. With a particular emphasis on the way in which the 'extraordinary' body and mind are constructed in Victorian popular culture, students will study a selection of nineteenth-century texts via the lens of contemporary disability theory. The ideologies of empire are explored alongside issues of gender, class and religion (Christianity and Islam). Students will encounter nineteenth-century novels, drama, poetry, short stories, pamphlets, religious tracts, newspaper articles and advertising.
How do we think about the outside world, the relationship between our environment, humanity and its living inhabitants? What cultural and philosophical, religious, political and racial attitudes shape the literature of space, and place and do they affect our daily lives? This module examines historical and contemporary cultural attitudes to nature and the environment by examining a range of texts across multiple genres, places, cultures and periods which engage with notions and representations of 'nature', place, the pastoral, cities, development, agriculture, animals, gardening, outdoor leisure, environmentalism, industry, climate change, social justice and the ways in which humans have conceptualised our relationships with the natural world. You will engage with poems, plays, novels, non-fiction, religious texts from multiple traditions, film, television and other media from across the world and throughout history, plus appropriate critical and theoretical work including eco-fiction theory.
The module examines literary and cultural responses to political debates and to key moments in social history. Particular reference will be made to the impacts of socio-cultural change and political movements on popular literature and culture, and how such productions have been used to advance or resist various ideological interests. Issues addressed will include the relationships between various types of representation and their claims to truth and authenticity, the impact of social, commercial, political and moral issues on cultural production; the significance of the audience; the role(s) of culture within particular social formations such as ethnic and sexual identities, with particular reference to practices of collaboration, recuperation, and resistance. Students will draw on theoretical perspectives acquired through 5EN001 and in the course of this module including but not limited to queer theory, decolonisation, Marxism and feminism Texts may include: Black Panther (2018); James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time; Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; The Fresh Prince of Bel Air; Doctor Who; Drag Race UK; The Crown, South Park, South Park, Jilly Cooper's Riders; Watchmen; American Psycho; The Book of Mormon (the musical, not the religious text), Lessing's The Good Terrorist.
Forms of punishment have changed over time from the infliction of retributive and immediate bodily pain (hanging, branding etc) in public to the wider use of imprisonment and non-custodial based punishments, such as probation and fines. The module will discuss how and why these changes have taken place. It will explore the types of punishments employed in the UK in the period 1718-1948, as well as the social and intellectual forces that have had a seminal impact on the development of punishments and sentencing during that period. It will also consider how, over time, the role of the victim in sentencing has altered, as well as the wider social, historical, economic and cultural factors which various theorists argue have driven these changes.
The module aims, through taught classes and independent (but guided) research, to develop a knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of equity and, in particular, of the legal rules relating to the creation, purpose and nature of private trusts. The student will explore the rules of equity and statutory formality requirements relating to the creation of express private trusts and trusts implied by law, the nature and duties associated with the office of trusteeship, and issues relating to breaches of trust, including proprietary remedies.
Membership of the European Union has had a profound, and often controversial, effect on the constitutions and national legal systems of its member states, as well as the lives of the citizens of those states. The Treaty of Rome and a succession of subsequent amending treaties, together with the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the work of other Union institutions, have significantly advanced the cause of European legal integration. This integration has been achieved sometimes with the support of member state governments and often times in the face of significant member state government and popular opposition. & nbsp; The most significant development in European Union law has perhaps been the establishment of the internal market (sometimes referred to as the & lsquo;single market& rsquo;), which provides for the free movement of citizens, goods, services and capital within the external boundaries of the Union. The establishment of the internal market has in turn led to an increasing harmonisation of national laws in the European Union in a large number of areas. The drive to achieve the realisation of the internal market has also caused the Union& rsquo;s institutions, in particular its Court of Justice, to develop and expand the treaties& rsquo; existing enforcement mechanisms to ensure the uniformity and effectiveness of European Union law. & nbsp; This module explores the themes above, focussing particularly on the institutional framework of the Union; the manner in which Union laws are made; the effect of Union law; the mechanisms to ensure the enforcement of Union law; and, the law of the internal market.
Why is Austen's work filmed, adapted, re-read and referenced across different cultures, social classes and ethnic communities in such profusion? This module examines the evolving history of Jane Austen fandom, the changing cultural position of Austen's work across a range of global cultures, sexual identities and communities, the different critical perspectives brought to bear on her work including Marxist, feminist and decolonising lenses, and a range of adaptations, sequels, retellings and responses across different media. You will study some of Jane Austen's work as well as films, novels, fan fiction and Austen-related material in various media.
The module will provide an overview of general employment law matters in the context of the employer employee relationship from recruitment to dismissal. It will introduce the key themes which need to be aware of in order to comply with their obligations and act within the law. It will explore current issues from time to time for example dealing with underperformance, absenteeism and related contractual matters within the legal framework. Major topics for example dismissal and discrimination and rights within the workplace will also be covered.
This module provides an opportunity to apply academic skills and knowledge to a project negotiated with an external organisation. Students are required to identify, negotiate and research an issue which is relevant to both their academic study and the external organisation. This enables the student to demonstrate an awareness of academic research within an organisational context, together with an understanding of the parameters of research methodologies within an academic framework.
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.
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.
The module will focus on three different topics: nationality law with particular attention to British nationality, the concept of statelessness and EU citizenship. International migration with particular attention to migration from countries not belonging to the EU to the EU and the UK, irregular migration and the connected crimes of human trafficking and people smuggling. International Refugee law where we will explore the International Convention of Refugee Law, asylum law in the UK and in the EU and the interaction between these two legal systems.
The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to study a topic in the area of law, Criminology or Criminal Justice in greater detail than is possible on a taught module. By undertaking this module the students will not only increase their knowledge of the principles and topical issues concerning the particular area selected but also the opportunity to develop skills in legal and/or sociological research and academic writing and presentation. Students will employ appropriate research theories and methodologies to facilitate the deeper understanding of a topic required to underpin the completion of an extended piece of writing.
This module examines concepts and theories of serious and organised crime and evaluates its development, impact and initiatives taken to tackle it. Case study material will include drug smuggling, human trafficking, environmental crime and maritime piracy.
This module explores the ways postcolonial texts challenge dominant discourses of 'race', gender, sexuality, class, disability, and religion. Students will study a range of texts by authors of colour from Britain, the U.S. and other parts of the world and consider the intersections between different constructions of identities in literature and culture. Postcolonial cultural theory and critical race theory will be central to this module, alongside feminism and disability studies. Guest speakers will contribute towards the module at various points. Alongside the set texts on the module, students will be encouraged to bring literary and cultural texts from their own experiences to the classes, and to feed into the assessment. Students will have the opportunity to work together to produce a digital artefact which communicates their expert knowledge of this topic to audiences beyond academia.
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. Topics may include debates around representations of racism, genocide, disablism, sexual 'deviance', blasphemy, obscenity, political extremism, cancel culture, screen violence, animal rights and wrongs. Students are asked to contribute their own examples of problematic texts and to engage with current and ongoing culture wars. A wide range of theoretical approaches will be applied, including postcolonialism, psychoanalysis, queer theory, cultural materialism, animal studies, disability studies.
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).
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Prepare for Foundation Pathway: - We will consider mature applicants (age 21 or over) who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience. You will be required to attend a compulsory Prepare for foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course. If you would like more advice and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact Gateway to discuss and support you making an application to us.
Academic Pathway: - 48+ UCAS tariff points
- A-levels: Grade profile of DD
- Access to HE Diploma: (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
- BTEC: Grade profile of PPP
- T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
- Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
- International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
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Other Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.
The university recognises that many students have additional barriers in progression to university, whether this be through disability, as a care leaver, from an area of deprivation or another factor. The university wishes to provide additional support for these students through the contextual offer scheme. If you are eligible, the University will apply a contextual Admissions decision, in the form of a reduced offer letter by up to two grades or 16 UCAS tariff points. Find out more.
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Changes for EU students:The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:
EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.
If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.For more information please contact the Gateway.
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If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.
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Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
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