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English Language and English Literature BA (Hons) Year one modules

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

Year one (Level 4)

Core modules:

Approaches to Reading and Writing 

This module equips first-year students in English Literature, English Language, and Creative Writing with core study skills in critical reading, reading for craft, and creative, reflective, and critical writing at university level. You will learn to write in different styles, to inform, persuade, and entertain. You will also learn to read different kinds of academic and literary texts relevant to the disciplines of English Language, English Literature, and Creative Writing. 

Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare 

The course is led by international Shakespearean scholars and divided into four parts, focussing on different approaches to Shakespeare Studies: 

  • Shakespeare and Textual Scholarship
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Global Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare Adapted 

Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language 

An Introduction to Histories of Language – using the past, present and future of English as the core subject, we examine the various forces (social, political, cultural and technological) which cause a language to develop over time.

Optional modules:

Words in Action 

Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics – this module introduces you to the key concepts of linguistics as a discipline, developing the foundation level of knowledge and skills you will build on in later years. 

Poetry and Society 

Through this module you will develop your understanding of poetic form and genre and consolidate your close-reading skills by scrutinising a range of poems and poets from different historical periods. 

Introduction to the Novel

In this module you learn to read and critically analyse fiction at undergraduate level through studying different sub-genres, including Realist, Postmodernist and Neo-Victorian novels. You will learn to engage with critical texts and different theoretical approaches to literature.

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


Deborah Mutch teaching in DMU's Clephan Building