BA English Literature and Politics (3 year)

Course Overview

As a student of English Literature and Politics at Swansea, you will not only analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, but you will also explore the complex relationships between literature, politics and history.

The Department of English Language and Literature is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • The BA English Literature covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day, while also developing your knowledge of critical theory and the diversity of approaches to literature.
  • Optional modules are available in Creative Writing. 
  • Specialist researchers and teachers in Gender and Culture offer modules.
  • Students can study a 'Parliamentary Studies" module which includes sessions with members of parliament and the House of Lords, visits to the Palace of Westminster. Staff from the Houses of Parliament will deliver some classes and will be available to act as informal project advisors to students who take the follow on Dissertation in parliamentary studies module.
  • Students have the option of studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?
Optional Modules
English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 2x 20 credit modules from the list below. You may decide to select 3x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the English Literature Optional Module Choices box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
AND
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The State and Political Institutions
PO-238Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Normative Models of Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives
Optional Modules
Politics - Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits from the list below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
AM-245Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20John F. Kennedy and America
AM-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20America in Crisis: Political Culture and Society from the Tet Offensive to Trump
AM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New York City: History and Culture since 1945
CY-234Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hawliau Iaith yn y Cyd-destun Rhyngwladol
CY-236Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Amlddiwylliannedd a'r Gymraeg
HIH253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Welsh Century: Politics, Nationality and Religion, 1847-1947
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUA208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The First world War: Politics, Society and culture in Europe 1870 - 1933
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
PO-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Anarchy and Order: Theories in International Relations
PO-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Global Political Economy: From Mercantilism to Neoliberalism
PO-222Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Globalisation
PO-232Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Empire Strikes Back: War, Strategy and the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era
PO-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Moralities of War and Peace
PO-256Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Genocide
PO-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20British Politics and Public Policy
AND
English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose a minimum of 40 credits from this list. You may choose 60 credits and not make a selection from the 'Optional Module Choices' box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits from each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PO-396Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Researching Politics 1
PO-397Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Researching Politics 2
Optional Modules
English Literature Optional Modules  

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose a minimum of 40 credits from this list. You may decide to choose 60 credits and not make selections from the Creative Writing modules below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. NOTE - Joint honours students are only permitted to select a dissertation module in one of their joint honours subjects. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
EN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3031Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3046Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Stuff: Victorian Literature and Material Culture
EN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature
EN-3048Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
EN-3050Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Written in Blood: Reading the Vampire
EN-3051Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes
EN-3052Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sex and Death: Jacobean Drama
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
AND
Creative Writing Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may take a maximum of 20 credits to make up your total 60 credits in English Literature. You must have completed a Creative Writing module if you wish to take EN-3026. You MUST NOT select EN-3031 and EN-3026. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3026Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing Personal Project
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
AND
Politics Dissertation Modules - Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have not opted to take the dissertation in English Literature you must select one of the following two modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PO-3000Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20The National Assembly for Wales
PO-395Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Dissertation (PO-325)
OR
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have selected the English Literature Dissertation you must select 1x 2 credit module from the list below. You must select 60 credits in each teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-330Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20America and the Bomb
AM-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Clear and Present Danger: Terrorism and America
AM-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Popular Music and the City
CY-353Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfraith Hywel
CY-358Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Y Gymraeg, Datganoli a'r Gyfraith
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
HUA309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Russian Civil War
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
PO-3110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Visions of Democracy
PO-3114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The International Politics of Space
PO-3117Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and International Development
PO-3121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Parliamentary Studies
PO-3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Shadow Wars: US Presidents and covert action from the Cold War to Obama
PO-345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Political Economy: Competing Perspectives on Global Capitalism
PO-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Security

Description

Students study six modules, three in English Literature and three in Politics.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature A-level or A-level Creative Writing. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

 

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,100

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Reading materials.

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"I studied English at Swansea University, and I now work at Discovery, the student volunteering charity based on campus. I am also a volunteer project coordinator with the same organisation, and run a monthly project for children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Having studied English has been incredibly advantageous in these roles, partially because my degrees have provided me with a good command of both written and spoken English. This enables me to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. Throughout my studies, I also gained skills in presenting material to a group, which is particularly useful in my current job, where I am responsible for delivering induction training to new volunteers."

Kirsty Rowles

 


"In my time working with Jane Hutt AM at the Welsh Assembly, I thoroughly enjoyed what I found to be a truly illuminating experience. I was delegated with responsibilities for handling various forms of constituency work, where I was dealing with problems of differing degrees in severity, compiling briefs, constructing letters and emails on behalf of Jane to constituents and local and Assembly ministers, as well as writing a bi-weekly column in a local newspaper for Jane. The experience taught me just how important things as seemingly insignificant as wording can determine the tone of a letter or email, and the likelihood of a positive outcome in respect of this, as well as many other skills and contacts that may well prove to be invaluable in the years ahead."

Nick Jolley

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

A significant number of our graduates choose to teach abroad using their TESOL and CELTA qualifications. 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL;
  • PGCEs in Primary and Secondary education;
  • Speech and Language Therapy courses;
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations;
  • MA by Research.

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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