The MA in English Language and Literature offers an alternative to more traditional Humanities-based MAs by providing a unique combination of subject expertise and employability activities not offered elsewhere. For this course, students will benefit from working under the guidance of both employment groups (e.g. at heritage sites) and academic tutors, as it combines academic expertise, field trips to heritage sites and mentoring schemes with Employability groups.
The course is designed to make students consider their own social and cultural identities, and thus provides substantial scope for reflection and personal development.
The course comprises 3 double modules plus a triple dissertation (15,000 words). The modules are as follows:
English Language and Literature (double) Local and Global English (double) Language Awareness in the Workplace (double) Dissertation (triple) The modules are designed to make students familiar with tools from Literature and English Language studies to analyse critically a range of spoken and written discourses and contemporary modes of communication. You will be made aware of the importance of language in the creation of social identities, interpersonal relations and social ‘realities’. You will learn to contextualise literary texts by exploring the role of literature in the reflection, and construction, of the societies and cultures you live in.
English Language and Literature explores the interface between language and literature through an up-to-date and thorough introduction to the study of a wide variety of texts. Local and Global English will apply theory to the discussion of texts and will study literature in its socio-cultural and historical context. A number of field trips to heritage sites will be incorporated into the module programme.
Language Awareness in the Workplace will explore aspects of language ‘use’ and ‘attitudes’ in a range of workplace environments, and examine the power of language to influence or construct both social relations and viewpoints. A wide range of communication media, including computer-mediated communication (e.g. email) will be explored. The Dissertation involves the production of a substantial piece of written work. It is designed to promote and support the development of an independent area of research within the field of English Language/Linguistics and/or Literature.
Teaching modes will vary depending on the nature of the module. A mixture of lectures and seminars will be the norm, although some lecturers prefer a more interactive style in which students might be asked to form groups to discuss particular topics or to complete exercises in class. Additional support will be provided in the form of tutorials. Group work and independent learning will be gradually introduced into the programme. A large part of the teaching process will involve discussions on extra-institutional activities, such as field trips and mentorships. You will have access to innovative state-of-the-art learning spaces within the new on-campus Media Factory building which will enable exciting, new forms of learning and teaching to be made accessible. These spaces will also be used to bring the business and academic sectors into contact during the mentoring process.