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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) English and Communications

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) English and Communications Programme codeUFA3EGLEGL17
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

English modules are taught by staff with expertise in literature from the Middle Ages to the present, in cinema throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and in creative writing practices in poetry, prose and screen-writing. Drama modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including acting, directing, scriptwriting, voice, applied theatre, live art, digital theatre crafts, music theatre, puppetry, dance, and intercultural performance training. The programme covers a wide range of material allowing you to develop and follow your own interests with the provision of modules by active researchers who are at the forefront of their respective fields.

Communications modules allow you to develop deep knowledge and understanding of a variety of historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the study of communication technologies and the production, dissemination, and reception of media texts. From early print media, through the broadcast era, to the current era of networked digital media, these modules will allow you to interrogate the ways that communication technologies mediate social realities in specific historical and cultural contexts. Employability skills are embedded within the modules, and you will hone practical and professional skills that will prepare you for work across a range of jobs in the creative industries. Modules are taught by published experts in Communications and students benefit from access to world-leading resources, such as the Digital Humanities Lab, the Foreign Language Centre, and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will offer you a structured framework of study in which you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, with sufficient choice to ensure that you are able to follow an individual pathway of learning. The programme further aims to:

  • provide you with opportunities to acquire and develop deep knowledge and understanding of the historical development, character, and content of a wide variety of communication technologies
  • to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate and to synthesize a range of theoretical approaches and practices related to the study of Communications in a range of texts and contexts
  • to develop an appreciation of a range of methodological approaches to the academic study of Communications
  • to develop the necessary communication skills necessary for a variety of careers across the cultural sector, including the media, cultural, and heritage industries
  • to provide opportunities for you to reflect critically upon graduate career planning and strategies
  • to foster critical and analytical skills, including graduate research skills

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


30 credits of compulsory English modules, 60 credits of compulsory Communications modules and 30 credits of optional English modules.

 

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EAS1035 Beginnings: English Literature before 1800 30No
CMM1001 Perspectives on Communications 30No
CMM1002 Communications Challenges 30No

Optional Modules

a You must select 30 credits from this list of optional English modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EAS CH Stage 1 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note a above]
EAS1032 Approaches to Criticism 30 No
EAS1034 Film Studies: An Introduction 15 No
EAS1037 The Novel 15 No
EAS1038 The Poem 15 No
EAS1040 Academic English 15 No
EAS1041 Rethinking Shakespeare 15 No
EAS1042 Write after Reading 30 No
EAS1044 Imagine This: Prompts for Creative Writing 15 No
EAS1045 The Essay: Form and Content 15 No
LIB1105 Being Human in the Modern World 30 No
HUM1001 Enter the Matrix: Digital Perspectives on the Humanities 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of optional English modules and 60 credits of Communications modules.

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

b  Choose either the 15 or 30 credit version of Communications in the Workplace.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM2003 Professional Writing 15No
CMM2001 Communications in the Workplace [See note b above]15No
CMM2002 Communications in the Workplace [See note b above]30No

Optional Modules

If you select the 15 credit version of Communications in the Workplace, choose a further 30 credits of optional Communications modules from this list.

If you select the 30 credit version of Communications in the Workplace, choose a further 15 credits of optional Communications modules from this list.

 

c  Select 60 credits from this list of optional English modules. English modules in stage 2 are divided into three groups: Group 1, modules concerned with pre-1750 literature; Group 2, modules concerned with post-1750 literature; Group 3, modules not concerned with a particular historical period. Combined Honours students may not take more than one module from each group.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS S2 BA CH opt 2023-4
ANT2090 Sound and Society 15 No
CMM2001 Communications in the Workplace 15 No
CMM2002 Communications in the Workplace 30 No
CMM2008 Communications Research Methods 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
PHL2125 Ethics of Emerging Technologies 15 No
POL2100 Political Conflicts in Europe 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC2115 Deception 15 No
THE2043 Religious Literacy, Communication and Media 30 No
CMM2013 Introduction to Games Studies 30 No
CMM2010 Professional Writing 30 No
CMM2011 History of Communications 30 No
CMM2012 Communications and the Climate Crisis 30 No
CMM2009 Communications in the 21st Century 30 No
EAS Stage 2 Pre-1750 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note c above]
EAS2026 Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640 30 No
EAS2036 Theatrical Cultures in Early Modern England 30 No
EAS2071 Chaucer and His Contemporaries 30 No
EAS2080 Renaissance and Revolution 30 No
EAS2102 Satire and the City: English Literature 1660-1750 30 No
EAS Stage 2 Post-1750 Option Modules 2023-4 [See note c above]
EAF2502 Shots in the Dark 30 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAS2029 Revolutions and Evolutions 19C Writings 30 No
EAS2103 Modernism and Modernity: Literature 1900-1960 30 No
EAS2104 Crossing the Water: Transatlantic Literary Relations 30 No
EAS2106 Romanticism 30 No
EAS2116 Empire of Liberty: American Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century 30 No
EAF2511 Television: Times, Trends and Technologies 30 No
EAS Stage 2 Neutral Option Modules 2023-4 [See note c above]
EAS2031 Creative Writing: Building a Story 30 No
EAS2032 Creative Writing: Making a Poem 30 No
EAS2035 Serious Play: Creative Writing Workshop 30 No
EAS2089 Creative Industries: Their Past, Our Future 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
EAS2113 Culture, Crisis and Ecology in a Postcolonial World 30 No
AHV2018 Comics Studies: Histories, Methodologies, Genres 30 No
HAS2004 Making a Career in Publishing 30 No
LIB2000 Think Tank 15 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules (including 30-60 credits of English modules, and 30-60 credits of Communications modules)

 

Compulsory Modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

d Select a Dissertation in either Communications or English: CMM3002 or CMM3003 or EAS3003 or EAS3122 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM3002 Communications: Dissertation [See note d above]30No
CMM3003 Communications: Practical Research Project [See note d above]30No
EAS3003 Dissertation [See note d above]30No
EAS3122 Creative Writing Dissertation [See note d above]30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS SF BA CH opt 2023-4
DRA3050 Creative Industries Management 30 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
HIH3617 News, Media and Communication 30 No
POL3000 Deadly Words: The Language of Political Violence 15 No
POL3051 The Media in Europe 30 No
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
CMM3004 Social Media and Society 30 No
EAS Final Stage Option Modules 2023-4
EAS3128 Writing the Short Film 30 No
EAS3131 Advanced Critical Theory 30 No
EAS3167 James Joyce's Ulysses 30 No
EAS3181 Visual and Literary Cultures of Realism 30 No
EAS3182 Encountering the Other in Medieval Literature 30 No
EAS3191 Writing for Children and Young Adults 30 No
EAS3198 The Death of the Novel 30 No
EAS3219 Virginia Woolf: Fiction, Feeling, Form 30 No
EAS3225 'Reader, I Married Him': The Evolution of Romance Fiction from 1740 to the Present 30 No
EAS3235 American Modern 30 No
EAS3237 The Rise of Science 30 No
EAS3241 Harlem and After: African American Literature 1925-present 30 No
EAS3245 The 21st Century Museum 30 No
EAS3252 Poison, Filth, Trash: Modernism, Censorship and Resistance 30 No
EAS3311 Piracy in Early Modern Literature, 1570-1730 30 No
EAS3408 Poetry and Politics 30 No
EAS3414 Jane Austen: In and Out of Context 30 No
EAS3415 The Development of British Childrens Literature 30 No
EAS3416 Feeling Bodies: Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700 30 No
EAS3417 Sex, Scandal and Sensation in Victorian Literature 30 No
EAS3419 Writing South Asia 30 No
EAS3420 Staging Space: Dramatic Geography and Audience Experience 30 No
EAS3421 Picturing the Global City: Literature and Visual Culture in the 21st Century 30 No
EAS3502 Shakespeare and Crisis 30 No
EAS3503 Migration, Literature and Culture 30 No
EAS3501 Fiction Matters 30 No
EAS3100 Hardy and Women Who Did: the Coming of Modernity 30 No
EAS3507 Writing Song Lyrics 30 No
EAS3500 American Counterculture in Literature 30 No
EAS3152 Heroes and Exiles: English Poetry of the Age of Beowulf 30 No
EAS3504 Surrealism and its Legacies 30 No
EAS3246 Food and Literature in Early Modern England 30 No
HUM3016 Book Publishing: Principles of Book Commissioning, Editing and Design 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the historical development of a range of communication technologies.
2. Identify, evaluate, and appreciate a variety of methodological approaches and critical traditions within communication studies.
3. Apply a range of critical theories to the study of communication technologies and media texts.
4. Interrogate and analyse media texts within their particular contexts of production, dissemination, and reception.
5. Position debates about communications within a wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
6. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of communication technologies and media texts; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.

ILOs 1-6 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation. Modules at stage 3 are most closely related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project. Essays, exams, and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills in ILOs 1-6.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. 7.Apply critical skills in the analysis of communication technologies and media texts.
8. Articulate knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts and theories relating to communication and media.
9. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data in order to frame questions and answer questions relevant to academic study and the graduate workplace.
10. Demonstrate the ability to sustain fluent arguments and analysis in writing and in presenting ideas to others.
11. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

ILOs 7-11 are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion).

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation or large-scale practical project.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, written and/or audio-visual essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
13. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
14. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive methodological and interpretative skills of the subject areas
15. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
16. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
17. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
18. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
19. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.
20. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience and other learning activities throughout the programme.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project.

ILOs 12-17 are also strongly developed over the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other audio-visual and/or written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

ILO 18 is associated especially with the range of group presentations taking place in modules during the programme. Group presentation assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

ILOs 19-20 are also accomplished during the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations and end of module exams, which occur through the programme.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within English and Communications have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available for at least three hours a week at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme. A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) English and Communications

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

20/02/2020

Date of last revision

10/09/2021