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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) English

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) English Programme codeUFA3EGLEGLCB
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

English at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall, offers a unique student experience, combining a friendly, small-group approach to teaching with top-flight research. Through a variety of approaches, both precise and imaginative, you will gain an understanding of the principal genres and range of literatures in English, as well as knowledge of their cultural and critical contexts. The campus offers a welcoming atmosphere where it’s easy to make new friends and where staff and students know each other well. With a smaller student intake, the emphasis is on innovative learning and teaching in a flexible and intimate atmosphere.

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 aims to introduce you to a stimulating range of topics and materials and to a variety of approaches. You will be helped to place and understand texts in their historical and cultural contexts and trained in critical and analytical skills through investigating texts in depth. The programme is designed to be cumulative in the sense that second and final stage modules are based on the assumption that certain stages of knowledge, skill and understanding have already been achieved in the first and second stages.

The programme is intended to:

  • Offer you an excellent Honours-level education in English literature that explores the interdisciplinary potential of studying literary texts.
  • Introduce you to a wide range of historical periods and literary genres and provide the skills necessary or analysing and critically thinking about literature.
  • Produce graduates who have excellent transferable skills in the areas of written and oral communication, research ability, critical thinking, and independent time management.
  • Give you the skills necessary for further study or employment after your degree.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

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


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC1002 The Craft of Writing 15No
HUC1004 Research Skills: From the Archive to Digital Humanities 15No
TRU1113 Literature and the History of Ideas 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EGLP S1 BA Egl opt 2021-2
TRU1908 Shakespeare Revisited 15 No
TRU1910 Approaches to Poetry 15 No
TRU1911 Approaches to Fiction and Narrative 15 No
TRU1912 Approaches to Drama and Performance 15 No
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
TRU2011A From Modernism to the Contemporary 15No
TRU2016 Reason and Passion: Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century 15No
TRU2018 Romantics and Victorians: Literature in the Industrial Age 15No
TRU2020 Inventing the Early Modern: Literary Cultures, 1550-1700 15No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EGLP S2 BA Egl opt 2021-2
HUC2001 Humanities in the Workplace (Penryn) 15 No
HUC2002 Perspectives on Sources: Independent Study Project in the Humanities 30 No
HUC2012 The Age of Unreason? Modernity and its Discontents 15 No
HUC2013 Enlightenment and the Age of Reason: Philosophy, Politics, Society 15 No
HUC2014 Mapping and the Environmental Imaginary: History, Literature and Politics 15 No
HUC2015 Revolution and Abolition: History and Legacies of the Atlantic Slave Trade 15 No
TRU2013 Lost Worlds of the Long Nineteenth Century 15 No
TRU2904 The Human Animal in Early Modern Literature 15 No
TRU2913 Literature and Conflict, 1900-present 15 No
TRU2914 Finding a Voice 15 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules

a You must choose one of the two Dissertation modules, either TRU3032 or TRU3042.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EGLP SF BA Egl Dissertation [See note a above]
TRU3032 Dissertation 30 No
TRU3042 Creative Writing Dissertation 30 No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EGLP SF BA Egl opt 2022-3
TRU3041 Short Fiction 30 No
TRU3912 Cinema and Desire, 1930 to the present 15 No
TRU3046 The Development of British Children's Literature 30 No
HUC3007 Witchcraft and Magic in Culture 15 No
HUC3012 Sex, Scandal and Sensation in Victorian Literature 30 No
HUC3015 Feeling Bodies: Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700 30 No
HUC3045 Myth in the Modern World: From the Classics to Conspiracies 30 No
HUC3044 Contemporary Literature and Culture: Politics, Identity, Place 30 No
HUC3016 Irish Stories: History, Politics, Literature and Heritage 30 No
HUC3048 Writing Nature 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. Describe core subject areas in English Literature, with a specialised knowledge in certain areas.
2. Understand a range of literary forms, genres, and periods, their significance and the major critical positions adopted towards them.
3. Describe the variety of approaches taken to literary research; evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical and contemporary texts; evaluate the reasons for changes in critical approaches.
4. Use different types of literary sources; evaluate different and complex types of formal and generic sources; use primary sources in a professional manner.
5. Appreciate the different approaches to evidence and argument in the discipline and be aware of the potential of interdisciplinary work in literary analysis.
6. Pursue independent research.

ILOs 1-4 are developed in stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. Specialisation is developed in the final stage in small-group teaching.

ILOs 5-6 are developed in final year coursework.

ILOs 1-4 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations and group project work.

ILOs 5-6 are assessed by coursework.

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. Answer questions concisely and persuasively both orally and in writing.
8. Evaluate critically theoretical models and competing views.
9. Summarise the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
10. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
11. Plan, execute and present an extended piece of original research.

ILOs 7-8 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity develops according to stage.

ILOs 9-10 are developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars and continuous assessment.

These skills are assessed through a combination of term-time essays and other assignments, oral presentations, project and dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

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. Think critically, creatively and independently.
13. Identify and solve complex problems with confidence and flexibility.
14. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools proficiently; access information from a variety of sources.
15. Interact effectively within a group.
16. Self-manage effectively (autonomy, time management, self-motivation, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism).

ILOs 12-14 are developed through the processes of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

ILO 15 is developed through group work in seminar work throughout the syllabus.

ILO 16 is developed by student progression through a learning and teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, the personal tutor and Personal Development Planning systems.

Independent study forms a major part of our learning and teaching programme, most notably in the stage 2 project and the final stage dissertation.

ILOs 12-14 are assessed primarily through summative and formative essays and other assignments, assessed presentations, project work, and examinations. Students can also develop these skills in optional research projects/dissertations.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will have an academic personal tutor for your entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office and feedback hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your 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

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Humanities (CHUM)

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

19. UCAS Code

Q301

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] English

23. Dates

Origin Date

05/11/2012

Date of last revision

02/06/2021