This joint course allows students to relate to often intertwined literary and historical ideas in the study of a particular historical period, topic or author, while also providing a flexible course for those who seek variety. In the first year students study the Introduction to English Language and Literature paper, a ‘bridge paper’ taken in the second year and examined by extended essay, and an interdisciplinary dissertation in the final year while also studying History.
In this degree, students will view historical documents as ‘texts,’ similar to poems, plays or novels, and are therefore subject to interpretation as works of narrative, rhetoric and, fundamentally, language. Equally, poems, plays and novels represent historically grounded ways of interpreting a culture.
Most students have up to two tutorials a week and attend three to four lecture courses, and are often working on two essays simultaneously . In the first and second years, students will also attend interdisciplinary classes with both English and History tutors present, in preparation for the interdisciplinary bridge paper. For the final year dissertation they will have an adviser from each discipline.
|Courses Four papers are taken:
|Assessment Three written papers form the First University Examination, together with a submitted portfolio of two exam essays of 2,000 words each for ‘Introduction to English Language and Literature’.
All exams must be passed, but marks do not count towards the final degree
|2nd and 3rd years|
|Courses Seven papers are taken:
|Assessment Up to four papers for the Final Honour school can be examined as coursework (extended essays and dissertation). Between three and five papers will then be examined by final written examinations at the end of the third year|