BA (Hons.) English Literature 2019
Our BA (honours) English Literature degree is an extremely popular undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield. You will have the opportunity to study poetry, fiction, drama and film from Old English to the twenty-first century, in a School dedicated to high-quality teaching, world-leading research, and innovative public engagement. Outside the degree programme there are also hundreds of ways in which we can help you develop your interests, insights and critical faculties.
At a glance
Our core module in the first year, Renaissance to Revolution, is the starting point for the chronological study of literature which is central to our Sheffield degree. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of optional modules, including Studying Theatre, Introduction to Cinema, Early American Literature, Creative Writing and Early Englishes. As well as representing the varied areas of study available within the School, all Level 1 modules provide degree-level study skills to help you expand your knowledge and develop as a scholar.
In your second year, your core modules build on the experience of Level 1, completing the chronological spine to your degree and equipping you with complex critical and theoretical approaches to unlock the study of English literary cultures in all their forms. There are also varied options available to complement and extend your core studies – including Road Narratives in American Culture, John Donne, Representing the Holocaust, Literature and Nonsense, and European Gothic – which can be based on single authors, genres or literary movements, reflecting the cutting-edge of research.
In your final year, there are no core requirements. You choose from modules based on research-led teaching – examples include Radical Theory, Stories from the End of the World, Chivalry and Romance in the Middle Ages, and The Invention of Romanticism – and you will engage in focused, in-depth work with tutors who are experts in their field. You will also have the opportunity to complete a final year dissertation on a topic of your own choice, with the support of dedicated supervisor.
English Literature modules
Course content: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
Our campus and how we use it: We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.
You will have the opportunity to get involved in some of our exciting projects or activities that enhance your learning. This could be as an element of a core module or in one of our specialised optional modules which is partly or entirely focused on helping you to develop particular skills. You can also choose to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities in schools or the local community or get involved in some of our many student-led societies.
"The academics in the Department are friendly and supportive, going above and beyond whenever I have needed assistance. Every single module I have taken has been engaging and intellectually stimulating. Under their excellent teaching, I feel that I have grown into an independent researcher and critical thinker."
Scott Moore, BA English Literature
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