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You will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through your study and assist you with academic or personal circumstances.
The scheme of study for this course
BA English and Joint Honours Schemes In the first year, prospective Honours students of English follow four foundation modules: Tragic Drama; Lyric Poetry; Theories and Monsters (critical case studies of Frankenstein and Dracula); and Transforming Fictions (intertextual comparisons of pairs of novels). You also choose between either two linguistic modules (Studying the English Language and Introduction to the Study of Language) or a module on Modern European Fiction in translation. Single Honours students may take both modules if they wish.
The remaining 60 credits are earned in courses selected from other departments. If you want to learn a language or keep up your interest in another subject, then you can plan to take an ‘elective’ module of 20 credits within the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies in each year of your English degree. At Levels 2 and 3 you continue to follow compulsory lecture courses, covering literary periods from the Renaissance to the present day and exploring critical theory. At least half your degree course is made up of optional seminar topics chosen from an extremely wide range, from Chaucer to Californian counter-culture. If you like, you can tailor your degree to follow through a special interest, for example, in linguistics, European literature in translation, gender or Romanticism.
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The ethos of the department is to combine teaching and research, so you will always be taught by experts working and publishing in the field. Particular strengths are contemporary writing, especially poetry, Welsh writing in English, Creative Writing, and modern critical approaches inspired, for example, by theories of gender, psychoanalysis, or the politics of identity.
BA in English with Creative Writing Autumn 2005 sees Swansea’s English department inaugurating its three-year English with Creative Writing course, tutored by Booker-listed novelist, Stevie Davies, and distinguished poet, Nigel Jenkins. Students work closely with their writer-tutors, both in weekly workshops and in one-to-one mentoring. Students take 40 of their 120 credits in Creative Writing each year. In Year I, the Creative Writing component of the course will consist of fortnightly workshops in Writing Poetry and Writing Fiction. In year 2 there are two core courses on The Craft of the Short Story and Writing Poetry. In Year 3 you choose two modules from a selection including Genre, Prose and Poetry in Motion and Life Writing.
BA in English with Gender
The BA in English with Gender asks questions about how gender is understood, represented and imagined in culture. You will have the chance to take modules in sociology and anthropology, classics, history and politics as well as literature, giving you the opportunity to look at how gender is constructed within a variety of social contexts, and across a wide range of academic disciplines.