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Undergraduate study
English Studies

Q306 BA/Eng (Q304 BA/EngFY for Year 0 entry)

 
 
 

Course overview

The BA (Hons) English Studies degree at Teesside University develops your knowledge of classic and contemporary texts, genres and periods ranging from 18th-century and Victorian literature to popular fiction and their adaptations.

Do you enjoy reading and writing? Do you take pleasure in thinking for yourself and exploring new ways of interpreting the world around you? If you do, you are certain to enjoy studying English. Engage with these and other questions on our cutting-edge programme.

This course explores a traditional and respected academic subject in exciting, new and creative ways by addressing modern styles of writing and other cultural forms such as film and television.



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Course details

In Year 1 you are introduced to fiction, drama and poetry from the 18th century through to the present day. You examine the implications for reading and writing in the age of the internet and develop critical skills through the study of contemporary popular culture. Additionally, you learn about the theory and practice of creative writing and explore writers’ own ideas about the writing process. In Year 2 you develop a specialist knowledge of writing from the 20th century, from modernism and postmodernism to postcolonial writing, explore the issues of authorship and readership, present your work at a student conference and develop employability skills valued by employers. In Year 3 you plan, research and write a major project on a topic of your choice with the support of an individual member of staff who acts as your supervisor.

Please note that the list of options offered may change from year to year.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Historical and Popular Crime, Justice, Law and Psychology

This module introduces you to the history of crime and justice, using media representations and crime fiction as a way of exploring crime over time, including aspects such as changes in society, law and education in this context.

Project

This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.

 

Year 1 core modules

Concepts of Culture

What does it mean to say some kinds of culture are better than others? Why are some books discussed as if they are works of art while others are not? And how is it that the culture that surrounds us seems to offer us a place in the world? You are introduced to a range of writers, critics, and theorists who have explored these questions and who have arrived at some surprising conclusions. Some say that culture is used to control what we think and limit what we can do. Others suggest that culture can be the means to freedom and pleasure. You discuss the relation between knowledge and ethics – the idea that your place in the world affects how you experience it and how you respond to it – while at the same time developing confidence in your academic skills.

Creative Practice

You are introduced to the theory and practice of creative writing, as a field in its own right and in the context of English Studies. Based around various types of fictive production including the short story, flash fiction and novella, you study the key themes and conventions of fictional narratives and write your own drafts and stories. You’ll also become familiar with working in a writing group and exploring essential categories such as plot formation, characterisation and setting. You’ll also learn how to edit your work and how to give and receive feedback on creative writing.

Creative Writing Lab: Writing and Audience

Why do you write? Who are your readers? What do you need to consider in terms of voice, register, form when writing to and for different audiences for different reasons? You look at a range of different professional writing including online articles, reviews, ‘how to’ guides, interpretative texts used in exhibitions and live text using AR technologies. You use the workshop space to experiment with different forms and approaches to professional writing, working towards developing and editing a final portfolio for submission.

Literature Now

Romantics to Realism

You are introduced to two major literary movements: romanticism and realism. You explore the dynamic relationship between texts and their historical and cultural contexts and important critical issues and terms. You explore key examples of romantic poetry and fiction, before moving on to consider the rise to prominence of realist fiction and autobiography as major literary genres of the Victorian period.

Victorian Horizons: Writing 1837–1901

 

Year 2 core modules

Challenging Boundaries: Postmodern and Postcolonial Writing

This module examines literature and culture from the second half of the 20th century to the present, focusing on two (often interconnected) frameworks – postmodernism and postcolonialism. Both of these major strains within 20th- and 21st-century culture involve challenging boundaries, whether geographical, conceptual, generic, linguistic or based on gender, sexuality, race or class. This module introduces you to an exciting range of fiction, drama and film from Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, Britain and the USA. You explore the ways in which these texts respond to, extend and challenge the experimental legacy of modernism, contest and complicate colonial structures of power and their contemporary legacies, and how they intervene in our understanding of the world we live in today.

Literature in Theory: Author, History, Text, Politics

Make it New: The Age of Modernism

You explore one of the most innovative artistic movements of the twentieth century – modernism. You examine the diverse ways in which writers of the early 20th century sought to ‘make it new’ (Ezra Pound, 1934) by experimenting with new modes of literary expression. You explore the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural expression (such as visual art, music, and film) and examine the dynamic relationship between modernism and modernity. You explore the ways artists and writers responded to historical and cultural change.

Representation and Cultural Identity: Student Conference

This module explores the proposition that our sense of who we are and how we perceive others is tied to the way identities are constructed through forms of cultural representation. And many people have argued that the way our perception is constructed tends to privilege some groups over others. You investigate these ideas in relation to a contemporary text of your choosing and present your research as a paper delivered at a student conference.

Speculative Writing: Histories, Anxieties and Fantasies

 

and one optional module

Employability and Work-Related Learning

This module is a dedicated careers module to enhance your employability by applying and developing the skills acquired through your studies.

Words Matter: A Celebration of English and Creative Writing

 

Final-year core module

Doing Research

English Studies Dissertation

Present Tense

Themes in Contemporary Literature

Zadie Smith argues that this historical moment isn't a "particularly healthy" time for contemporary literature and that the form adopted by a number of recent novels is symptomatic of "our ailing literary culture". This module offers the opportunity to explore this and related questions by investigating a number of themes that characterise contemporary literature. Indeed, you work as co-creators of the module's curriculum - you determine the focus of your project by selecting the text(s) you study and the means by which you present your work and choose to be assessed. The assessment itself is negotiable, but requires you to produce the results of academic research in formats other than the traditional academic essay and for audiences other than the academic. Teaching sessions focus around a combination of skill-based work designed to facilitate assessments and student-led presentations discussing the development of your project.

 

and tow optional modules

Deception and Detection from the 19th Century to the Present

Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in Literature and Culture

Genres, Movements, Histories

Writing Popular Culture

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

At Teesside you learn in a range of settings from large group lectures to discussion-based seminars, independent research, small group work, individual tutorials and workshops. You’ll work with lecturers who are experts in teaching and learning as well as being scholars, researchers and writers. You’ll also have the opportunity to support others through the PASS (peer-assisted study sessions) scheme.

How you are assessed

With no formal examinations, you are assessed through essays, portfolios, continuous assessment, presentations, blogs and major projects, all of which develop advanced skills in creative, academic and professional writing, as well as high-level presentation and communication skills.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

For additional information please see our entry requirements

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

English Studies is a degree which opens career opportunities in journalism, media and communication, retail management, local government, the creative and cultural industries, arts administration, civil service, education, performing arts and the law. There are excellent opportunities for those wishing to pursue postgraduate studies at Teesside in English, cultural studies and creative writing.

 

Information for international applicants

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Full-time

Entry to 2019/20 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£11,825 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year
  • UCAS code: Q306 BA/Eng
    Q304 BA/EngFY for Year 0 entry
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: Up to 6 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
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