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QV31 BA English and History (3 years)

‘You read widely, have a fascination with the past and enjoy the challenge of interpretation. English and History at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about literature and history in absorbing and productive ways’.

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Introducing your degree

The BA English and History degree gives you vivid understandings and experiences of our cultures -- social and political, artistic and intellectual, both past and present. It is an excellent grounding for work in museums and the Heritage industry, curating, archiving, government and policy making, journalism, media, law and publishing.

Overview

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Programme Structure

• In your first year, you will take a balance of English and History modules. Studying English you will explore the form and material context of different literary narratives, and debates in critical theory. In your History modules, you will examine the development of historiography, public history in contemporary media, and source analysis.

• In your second year you will choose from a wide range of histories and English literary topics from the Roman Empire to the early twenty-first century.

• In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a historian and researcher in literary studies by completing a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either of your main subjects.

In all three years you have the option to take 25% of your programme in another subject.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

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Key Facts

Worldwide study opportunities in Europe, Asia and the Americas

We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives

Education driven by research
Education driven by research

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You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code QV32 when you apply through UCAS.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*).

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*)

*A English literature related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language, or Drama and Theatre Studies. A History related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

 

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

 

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

ENGLISH:  Students must take a minimum of one module in semester one, normally the double module and one compulsory double module in semester two.  However, those wishing to take an alternative subject may replace Narrative and Culture with ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English, plus their chosen 15 credit alternative module in semester two.

Semester One

Narrative and Culture may be replaced with an alternative single module from another discipline PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English.

Compulsory
World Histories: Contact, Conflict and Culture from Ancient to Modern
Optional
Poetic Language
Multimedia Old English: Song, Skin and Cyberspace
The Act of the Essay
The Novel

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules

History: Students normally choose one double history module

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
Romanticism
Women, Writing and Modernity in Britain, 1790 - 1865
Jewish Fictions
Children’s Literature
Modern Drama since the Second World War 2
Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
Objects of Desire
Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
Tales of Travel c.1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters, and Cannibals
Great Writers Steal: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850—1915
Victorian Feelings
Women and Hollywood
Puzzles about Art and Literature
Power, Patronage and Politics in Early Modern England 1509-1660
The Struggle of the Czechs: From Serfdom to Stalinism
Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
Sin and Society, 1100-1500
The British Atlantic World
Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
The Space Age
Knights and Chivalry
Celebrity, Media and Mass Culture, Britain 1888-1952
Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
Nelson Mandela: A South African life
Rebels with a Cause: The Historical Origins of Christianity
Wellington and the war against Napoleon
Napoleon and his legend
Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
Self-inflicted - Extreme Violence, Politics and Power
In Hitler's Shadow: Eastern Europe 1918-1939
The Fall of imperial Russia
The Global Cold War
The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
Oil Burns The Hands: Power, Politics and Petroleum in Iraq, 1900-1958
From the mafia to the ultras: Conflict, violence and the Italian Republic from 1945 to the 1990s
Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
Ritual Murder: The Antisemitic Blood Libel from Twelfth-Century England to twentieth-century Russia
Modern Germany, 1870-1945
Semester Two

English: Students normally choose either one double OR two single English modules
History: Students normally choose one double history module

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
Modern American Poetry
Postcolonial Texts and Context
Images of Women
The Nineteenth-Century Novel
Problems in Shakespeare: text, print and performance
Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
Creative Writing after Modernism
Scriptwriting
Contemporary Women’s Writing
The Enlightenment Body
Poems, Books and Anthologies
Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture
Patriots and Cosmopolitans: African modes of belonging
Making New York Modern
Arthurian Worlds
Early and Silent Cinema, 1895-1929
Aesthetics
The Making of Englishness
Stalin and Stalinism
The Hundred Years War
Cleopatra’s Egypt
Habsburg Spain, 1469-1700: The Rise and Decline of the first European Superpower

HIST2076 The First British Empire: the beginnings of English dominance, 1050-1300

Building London 1666 – 2012
Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
Britain’s Global Empire, 1750–1870
Underworlds. A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
Evolution of US Counterterrorism
The Making of Modern India
Ancient Greeks at War
Witchcraft in England, 1542-1736
Ragtime! The Making of Modern America
Myth and the Ancient World
Children in Europe 1933-1950: Holocaust, War, Displacement and Survival

Year 3

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

History dissertation (HIST3021) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) plus two English single modules OR, alternatively, HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) or HIST Alternative History (double module) and one English double module.

English dissertation (ENGL3016) students should take a HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) and either one English double module or two English single module.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
Rakes and Libertines
Writing The Novel
Fantasy Film and Fiction
Sweatshops, Sex Workers and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
Literature and Culture from the Middle East
Chaucer and his World
Victorian Bestsellers
Nuclear explosions, genetic engineering, and climate change: How literature has held the sciences to account since 1945
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
Visions of Beowulf: New Encounters with Anglo-Saxon Culture
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton’s Paradise Lost
Sex and the City in Stuart Drama
Literatures of Islands and Oceans
Jewish Fictions
Great Writers Steal: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
Language and the City
From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
The Third Reich 1
The Holocaust 1
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture l
Between Private Memory and public history
Music and History
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- part 1
Fashioning the Tudor Court 1
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 1
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the Present
Heresy and Inquisition in the Early Modern Iberian World (Part 1)
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 1: Texts)
Travellers’ Tales
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 1 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 1
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
The Bible and History
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 1

HIST3197 America from Revolution to Republic 1

The American Empire Part 1
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 Part 1
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
Alternative histories: Fascism and the far right
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
Sweet Charity?
The Ethics of War
Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr 3
Semester Two

History dissertation students should take HIST3021 History dissertation, normally written under supervision of the Special Subject tutor or the Alternative History tutor (double module) plus one English double module OR, alternatively, HIST3021History dissertation, normally written under supervision of the Special Subject tutor or the Alternative History tutor (double module) plus two English single modules.


English dissertation students should take HIST Special Subject part 2 (double module)(co-requisite part 1 of the same special subject) and ENGL3016 English dissertation (double module).

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in History.

Optional
Holocaust Literature
Jane Austen and the Regency World
Poems, Books and Anthologies
Post-War American Jewish Literature
Creative Writing in Schools
Radical England: From Shakespeare to Milton
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
Images of Women 1890-1939
Swashbucklers, Cut-throats, Revolutionaries: Five Hundred years of Pirates in English Literature
American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama
American Cinema since 1965
Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Multicultural Germany
Renaissance of German-Jewish Literature after the Holocaust
From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
The Third Reich 2
The Holocaust 2
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture II
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- Part 2
Fashioning the Tudor Court 2
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 2
Heresy and Inquisition in the Iberian World Part 2
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 2: Contexts)
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 2
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 2 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory.
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 2

HIST3198 America from Revolution to Republic 2

The American Empire Part 2
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 2
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 part 2
Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part 2: Legacy
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, The final pagan generation
Narrative Non-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and History at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and History graduates have progressed to careers in journalism, archiving, publishing, curating, management and administration, teaching, the media, law, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• sharpen your analysis of the past to address the problems of the present
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and History also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our Careers and Employability on our English and History pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on the Alumni pages of our English and History websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and History websites

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and History degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, theory and past cultures. There are opportunities for field research, creative writing, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English and History academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• An exciting range of assessment methods including presentations, group projects, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

• Access to the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes archives

• Opportunities to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to experience a new culture

• Placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, and the student associates scheme

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