England: Birmingham

    Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

    What does the course cover?
    This course covers literature, language, film studies, and creative writing. In literature study, you will explore how you, as an individual, make meaning from the texts you read as well as learning different critical approaches. You will be able to engage with a range of works of literature including Shakespeare’s plays, Victorian novels, poetry, books for children and contemporary works from a number of cultural perspectives. In language, you will analyse the ways in which meanings are conveyed in spoken and written texts. Language modules encompass topics as diverse as the rules of conversation; language and gender; language and learning; the language of humour and the language of advertising.

    In film studies, the focus will be on cinematic language, including the study of Hollywood classics, and contemporary films such as Blade Runner and Pulp Fiction. In the creative writing modules, a range of narrative and poetic techniques will be explored. You will also have the opportunity to work on script and on some non-fictional narrative forms such as autobiography, travel writing and journalism.

    How will I be assessed?
    Assessment is largely through coursework and takes a variety of forms, including presentations, journals and essays. There are some timed activities and short exams. Coursework assignments allow you to focus on areas that are of particular interest to you.

    Why study English?
    The Newman English degrees enable you to extend your reading and appreciation of literature and encourage the exploration of a range of personal, cultural and historical issues. The language element provides fascinating insights into the ways in which language is spoken and written in a variety of contexts. The links between literature and film are explored in a strand of modules that focus on this and there is the opportunity to take creative writing modules within the degree. The study of language, literature, film and creative writing develops critical and creative faculties and increases skills in oral and written fluency; such skills are highly valued both in academic contexts and in the wider world of work. Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for a year.

    Newman is based in Birmingham - a truly cosmopolitan city bursting with creativity and a lively atmosphere. The visually impressive Bullring is a magnet to many of the retail giants with a range of shops available to suit every pocket in and around the surrounding area. The iconic Selfridges store is the jewel in the crown and The Mailbox plays host to a cluster of designer stores. Broad Street attracts thousands of party-goers every week and is awash with a wide range of bars, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, and comedy venues, many offering student-friendly deals throughout the week. The NIA, LG Arena, Symphony Hall, O2 Academy, Hippodrome and Alexandra Theatre play host to some of the UK’s biggest music artists and bands, as well as West End musicals, plays and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Not to be missed is the local speciality dish the ‘balti’, which was originally created in Birmingham and is now world famous.

    What makes this course noteworthy?
    The course is taught by a team of experienced and enthusiastic tutors whose expertise and research interests encompass the fields of linguistics, literature, and film studies. Colonial and postcolonial literature are strong research areas within the English Department. The friendliness and approachability of the staff and the quality of the feedback and support offered are frequently highlighted in student evaluations.

    What careers can I consider?
    The study of English develops not only oral and written skills but also critical and creative faculties, which are all highly valued by employers in a range of work situations. Typical careers for English graduates include public relations, writing, arts administration and media based careers such as journalism, as well as the professions such as law, education and management.

    £9,700 per year

    Creative Writing, English Literature, Film-Radio and Television, Literature


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