Interested in English Literature and English Language? Our BA English degree combines the study of both and can help you to think about and analyse the world in new ways.
English should appeal to you if you have an interest in:
- linguistic analysis and how language is used in everyday communication
- the origins of the English language and how language varies across society
- the study of literary texts, including novels, plays and poetry in detail
- exploring literary genres from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Why you should study this course
You can develop transferable skills in criticism, analysis and interpersonal communication which are vital in many careers, such as the teaching, legal, media, marketing, financial and public sector professions.
- You can develop further grounding in both linguistic and literary analysis, and develop your understanding of language use and literary genres and periods.
- Through your study of English language, you will develop an understanding of how English works as a system of communication that helps to define ourselves, the societies we live in, and the whole world.
- We have significant links with a wide variety of potential employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities. Many of our links in the past have offered students professional experience opportunities.
- In English literature, you’ll have the opportunity to examine a range of fictional works from different countries and explore the ways in which the world is interpreted through them.
- You’ll be able to join a range of societies such as the Literature Society or Book Club Society which aim to develop student interest in literature, film, and theatre, as well as promoting literary and social events.
How you’ll learn
The course is taught using a combination of traditional, digital and innovative teaching methods and platforms. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You will be taught in a range of locations outside of the classroom in groups or individually, in self-directed study groups or online working and research, as examples. We also use study trips, which are designed to enhance experiential learning. These methods are to help you complete regular formative assessments.
You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and cultural visits at home and abroad*, where you will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills. In the past, we have visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the American Museum in Bath or going to watch Les Misérables in London.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module.
Assessment methods include:
- critical commentaries
- oral/poster presentations
- sets of online forum posts
- digital tests and quizzes
- portfolios of analytical exercises.
There are no formal exams.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion, you will be equipped with the skills to:
- Analyse and interpret texts from a descriptive and theoretical position.
- Critically examine and construct a range of opinions and ideas.
- Locate and select appropriate information from a variety of sources, referencing academic essays appropriately.
- Analyse problems, identify solutions, think creatively and use your own initiative.
Communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:
- Descriptions, analyses and theories of the English language and a critical approach to discourse and the construction of meaning.
- The ways in which the English language is applied in specific circumstances for different audiences and purposes.
- The distinctive character of texts written in the principal literary genres, fiction, poetry and drama, and other kinds of writing and communication.
- How cultural norms and assumptions influence questions of judgement.
International experience opportunities
You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad.
On our modules, you can participate in Collaborative Online International Learning projects with students in Turkey, France, Korea, Mexico or China, for example. You could also take part in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and engage with a wide international audience on such topics as ‘The Language of Gaming’ or’ ‘Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution of the Princess Stories’*.
At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You will be offered the opportunity to learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the World Lanuages programme.
All international experience opportunities are subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.
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