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QV31 BA English and History (3 yrs)

‘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’.

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’.

View the programme specification document for this course

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We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives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

Did you know?

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 to ABB including Grades AB in English* 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* and History (or a related subject**) *Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.  **Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.
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

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

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

ENGLISH:  Students must take a minimum of one module in semester one, normally the double module ENGL1007 Narrative and Culture, 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.

 

Year 2

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
ENGL2005
Romanticism
ENGL2027
Children's Literature
ENGL2029
Modern Drama since World War II
ENGL2034
Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Literature
ENGL2046
Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
ENGL2051
Objects of Desire
ENGL2058
Literatures of Islands and Oceans
ENGL2069
Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
ENGL2073
Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
ENGL2077
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
ENGL2079
Contemporary Women’s Writing
ENGL2080
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
ENGL2083
Tales of Travel c.1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters, and Cannibals
ENGL2084
The Figure of the Child in Literature, Film and Culture
ENGL2085
The Enlightenment Body
ENGL2091
From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
ENGL2092
Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850—1915
FILM2006
Introduction to Film Studies (Film module for non-Film Students)
FILM2019
Women and Hollywood
HIST2006
Looking Beyond the Holocaust: The Impact of Genocide on Contemporary History
HIST2031
Stalin and Stalinism
HIST2035
The Struggle of the Czechs: From Serfdom to Stalinism
HIST2039
Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
HIST2045
Cleopatra's Egypt
HIST2051
The British Atlantic World, 1600 - 1800
HIST2059
Plague, Fire and Popish Plots: The Worlds of Charles II
HIST2064
The Space Age
HIST2069
Knights and Chivalry
HIST2071
Celebrity, Media and Mass Culture, Britain 1888-1952
HIST2072
Treason and Plot: A History of Modern Treason in Europe
HIST2082
Nelson Mandela: A South African life
HIST2086
Building London 1666 – 2012
HIST2087
Islamism – from the 1980s to the present
HIST2090
Britain's Global Empire, 1750-1870
HIST2094
Wellington and the war against Napoleon
HIST2096
Evolution of US Counterterrorism
HIST2097
Napoleon and his legend
HIST2103
Self-inflicted - Extreme Violence, Politics and Power
HIST2111
Roman Emperors and Imperial Lives: between biography and history, praise and blame
HUMA2008
The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
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
ENGL2010
Postcolonial Texts and Contexts
ENGL2011
Women, Writing and Modernity, 1770-1820
ENGL2013
Writing Rural England
ENGL2061
19th Century Novel
ENGL2063
Problems in Shakespeare: Text, Print and Performance
ENGL2074
Change and the English Countryside in the 19th Century
ENGL2075
Brief Encounters: Writing Short Stories
ENGL2076
Creative Writing after Modernism
ENGL2078
Scriptwriting
ENGL2088
British Culture in the 1980s’
ENGL2089
Poems, Books and Anthologies
ENGL2093
Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture
ENGL2094
Victorian Feelings
ENGL2095
Patriots and Cosmopolitans: African modes of belonging
ENGL2096
Making New York Modern
FILM2002
Early and Silent Cinema from 1895-1929
HUMA2015
Culture at the Court of Charles II
HIST2003
Power, Patronage and Politics in Early-Modern England, 1509-1649
HIST2004
The Making of Englishness: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in British Society, 1841 to the Present
HIST2036
The Hundred Years War: Britain and Europe, 1259-1453
HIST2049
Sin and Society, 1100 - 1520
HIST2053
Habsburg Spain, 1471-1700: The Rise and Decline of the First European Superpower
HIST2055
The Eternal City: The City of Rome, from Foundation to 200 AD
HIST2073
Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
HIST2074
Visual Culture and Politics: Art in German Society, 1850-1957
HIST2084
Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Colonial America
HIST2091
Underworlds. A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
HIST2093
Strategy and War
HIST2100
Retail Therapy
HIST2102
Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
HIST2107
The Fall of Imperial Russia
HIST2108
The Making of Modern India
HIST2109
Ancient Greeks at War
HIST2110
The Global Cold War

Year 3

Semester One

History dissertation 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 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
ENGL3003
Rakes and Libertines
ENGL3004
Writing the Novel
ENGL3015
Fantasy Film and Fiction
ENGL3027
Writing Modern Ireland
ENGL3039
Sweatshops, Sex Workers & Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
ENGL3047
Literature and Visual Culture in the Middle East
ENGL3056
Victorian Bestsellers
ENGL3064
Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
ENGL3066
Themes in Mid-19thC American Writing
ENGL3069
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
ENGL3074
Writing Place
ENGL3076
The Figure of the Child in Literature, Film and Culture
ENGL3078
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
ENGL3079
Visions of Beowulf: New Encounters with Anglo-Saxon Culture
ENGL3086
Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton’s Paradise Lost
HIST3036
France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 1)
HIST3054
The Third Reich. Part 1
HIST3060
The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 1
HIST3069
The Vietnam War in American History and Memory. Part 1.
HIST3072
Society and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, 1881-1917. Part 1
HIST3075
Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688-1840
HIST3104
Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 1.
HIST3113
Modern Israel 1948-2007 part 1
HIST3116
Alternative Histories: Between Private Memory and Public History.
HIST3118
Alternative Histories: Food and Cooking
HIST3119
Alternative Histories: Music and History
HIST3121
Alternative Sexualities
HIST3123
Revolutions, Revolts and Reform: Ending slavery in the British Empire - Pt. 1
HIST3126
Fashioning the Tudor Court. Part 1.
HIST3132
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the present
HIST3148
Alternative Histories: Cultures of Migration
HIST3150
Alternative Histories: Travellers' Tales
HIST3157
Hidden and forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (Part 1)
HIST3173
The Wars of the Roses - Part I
HIST3176
Forging the Raj: The East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 1
HIST3178
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
HIST3180
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
HIST3184
'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 1)
HIST3186
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
HIST3187
The Bible and History
HIST3199
Being Roman Part I: society and the individual in Rome and Italy
HIST3205
World War 2: The Home Front - Part 1
HIST3207
World War II: The Global Perspective - Part I
HIST3212
Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
HIST3214
Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (1)
HIST3216
Racism in the United States Part 1
HIST3218
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
HIST3220
Alternative histories: Homes and houses: challenging the domestic
HUMA3009
Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr3
HUMA3011
Narrative Non-Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Art
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
ENGL3002
Gender and Nationalism
ENGL3007
Holocaust Literature
ENGL3027
Writing Modern Ireland
ENGL3039
Sweatshops, Sex Workers & Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
ENGL3044
Poems, Books and Anthologies
ENGL3049
Creative Writing in Schools
ENGL3058
Radical England: From Shakespeare to Milton
ENGL3068
Making Medieval Place
ENGL3069
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
ENGL3076
The Figure of the Child in Literature, Film and Culture
ENGL3080
Images of Women 1890-1939
ENGL3081
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
ENGL3083
Representing a New Republic: Writing the Early United States
ENGL3085
The ‘Invention’ of English Literature, 1380–1720
HIST3038
France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 2)
HIST3055
The Third Reich. Part 2
HIST3061
The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 2
HIST3070
The Vietnam War in American Memory and History. Part 2.
HIST3073
The Late Russian Empire: Society, Ethnicity and Culture. Part 2
HIST3076
Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688 - 1840
HIST3105
Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 2.
HIST3114
Modern Israel 1948-2007 pt2
HIST3158
Hidden and Forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (part 2)
HIST3174
The Wars of the Roses - Part II
HIST3177
Forging the Raj: the East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 2
HIST3179
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
HIST3181
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
HIST3185
'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 2)
HIST3200
Being Roman Part II: Ethnicity, Culture and Empire
HIST3206
World War 2: The Home Front - Part 2
HIST3208
World War II: The Global Perspective - Part II
HIST3213
Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, part 2
HIST3215
Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (2)
HIST3217
Racism in the United States part 2
HIST3219
Nuclear War and Peace, Part II

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 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 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 and 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 www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk 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. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ENGL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?
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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