English and Creative Writing BA (Hons) Year two modules

The English and Creative Writing BA (Hons) modules listed below are just to give you a flavour of what might be available in your second year and are subject to change.

Year two (Level 5)

Core English modules:

Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature 
This module looks at the birth of English literature, offering an introduction to literature written between the medieval era and the mid-eighteenth century in England and Europe. It includes examples of poetry, drama and prose organised around key themes such as power, faith, love and sexuality.

Optional English modules:

20th and 21st Century Literature 
This module explores literary responses to social change from 1900 to today. You will read texts from World War I and II, postcolonial literature from former British colonies, and consider issues of race, gender and sexuality in contemporary writing such as British-Asian fiction.

Ways of Reading
This module questions the value of literature to society and equips you with a critical ‘toolkit’ through study of the influential theoretical approaches that have shaped the past and present of literary studies, such as post-structuralism, feminism and Marxism.

Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
This module explores what happens to classic English literature when it is adapted into other media, including film, television and new literary novels. You will explore the adaptation of iconic literary texts such as William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw.

Romantic and Victorian Literature 
This module surveys literature from 1780 to 1901 by writers such as Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Brontë, Hardy and Wilde. It investigates issues such as the rights of man, art and imagination, class-conflict, urban poverty, faith, national identity and changing gender roles.

Text Technologies
This module draws on the expertise of DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies to expand your understanding of the history of textual production from manuscript, to print, to digital text. You will make and write with a quill pen, print a poem using moveable type and a hand-operated printing press, and learn to create a scholarly digital text online. 

Language in the real world; an examination of how language reflects and is shaped by the environment in which it is used.

English Language in UK Schools
An introduction to the issues and debates surrounding English Language as a subject in the UK system, of particular interest to those considering a career in teaching.

Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
This module introduces students to some of the principles, methods and practices of teaching English to speakers of other languages. This module cannot be taken if the student has taken ‘Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners’ at level 4.

Language in Context
On this module you learn about pragmatics, the study of language use in context, and how utterance meaning can go beyond the meanings of the words used.

Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure
How are words and sentences put together? This module builds on the first year modules to further develop your skills in grammatical analysis.

Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning
What are meanings made of? An examination of the complex subject of linguistic meaning, and the study of the various ways in which we communicate (or fail to communicate) clearly and unambiguously.

Research Methods for Linguists
This module introduces students to key principles of conducting effective research within the specific context of linguistics.

Phonetics and Phonology
Investigating the sounds and structures of spoken language, and examining the acoustic landscape of speech.

Word, Image, Sound
allows you to explore the many ways in which words work in dialogue with visual and aural elements. In term 1 this involves ‘new media’: making audio-visual pieces in elementary software that allows you to blend word, image and sound into a unified piece; and making multi-linear digital pieces that prompt the reader to make their own ‘choices’ in their online journey through them. You will also write poetry stimulated by visual art, and poetry that is itself visual in the way it experiments with the layout of words on the page (and have the opportunity to print these designs in a studio). In term 2 you will practice the craft of screenwriting, and graphic novel and audio scripts; and will have the opportunity to gain recording studio experience too.  

Writing Place
This module will enable students to explore, through creative practice, the role place has as a major stimulant in writing. Students will write fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction in a variety of forms in order to explore the creative resources offered by local history, regional myths, environmental issues and hidden histories. There will be a keen focus upon ‘world building’, and emphasis upon the importance of research to writers.

Erasmus year
This module enables you to take part in the optional Erasmus year at an institution abroad, based on availability and your interests.  You will gain an insight into education and the culture of another country and apply it to your learning.


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.



English workshop


Events at DMU

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

Come to an Open Day  target area
Come to an Open Day

Don't let us tell you how good we are. Come to one of our open days and find out for yourself!

Discover the DMU campus
Discover the DMU campus

Take a look around DMU by exploring our virtual campus.