Education and English Literature 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

If you have a passion for literature and interest in how people learn then Education and English Literature offers you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the fascinating relationship between language, the ways our brains work and the expression of those links.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

If you choose this combination, you will study educational topics such as the nature of learning, childhood development, as well as the history of education and changes to educational policies. You will explore the effect of class, race and gender on educational success. You will develop an open minded and enquiring approach to the study of literature, looking at a range of genres, authors, and national traditions while developing critical and analytical skills.

You can choose creative writing options that will help you take an imaginative approach to both Education and English.

You can also direct your studies to further combine these subjects, such as taking a teaching placement or developing a final-year project on literature and education. Expert tutors will give you an excellent grounding in these subjects and help you to develop approaches to education and to literature that you are passionate about.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele’s Education and English Literature degree is superb preparation for teaching English at any level, but the skills you will develop prepare you for a broad range of careers, including local and central government, social services, and writing careers such as journalism. The degree will help you to work analytically but also creatively, to deal with real-world situations as well as to reflect critically. It will set you up for further professional study, enabling you to qualify as a teacher, lecturer, or social worker, or to work in the legal profession, for example.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Understanding Learning
  • Becoming a Critic
  • Playing Parts
  • Education in Britain
  • Poetry through Practice
  • Childhood, Policy and Education
  • Back to the Future: issues in the history of schooling
  • Too Poor to Learn

Second year

  • Teenage Dreams: Youth subcultures in fiction, film and theory
  • The Renaissance: Shakespeare and beyond
  • Education Matters
  • Play, Power and Pedagogy
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry
  • Special Education

Third year

  • Dissertation in English
  • Independent Study Project in Education
  • Postcolonial and World Literature
  • Race, Politics and Education
  • Wild Woods and Wide Worlds: British and American Children’s Fiction.
  • The Alcohol Question
  • Education, Work, Identity
  • Higher Education

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Education Year 1 (Level 4)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Learning

15

Childhood, Policy and Education

15

Education in Britain: past, present, future

15

Back to the Future: Issues in the History of Schooling

15

   

Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching

15

   

Too Poor to Learn? Poverty, Education

and Social Policy

15

   

Elective module  

15

 

English Literature Year 1 (Level 4)

In Year 1 (Level 4), Combined Honours students take one compulsory module in each semester, plus one optional module, giving a minimum total of 45 credits in English modules. Students can choose to take further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Reading Literature

15

Telling Tales

15

Composition

15

Starting Out: An Introduction to American Literature

15

   

New York, New York

15

   

Poetry through Practice

15

   

Playing Parts

15

   

Fiction through Practice

15

   

Transatlantic Gothic

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Education Year 2 (Level 5)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education

15

Play, Power and Pedagogy

15

Research Strategies and Methods in Education*

15

Reflective Teaching: critical and reflective approaches to teaching in secondary

education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Issues in Public Education

15

   

Comparative Education

15

   

Special Education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Elective module

15

* Students taking Education as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Education and Sociology, students studying Education and Sociology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

English Literature Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2 (Level 5), Combined Honours students take a minimum of 45 credits in English Literature approved optional modules. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Optional modules

Credits

Romanticisms, 1780-1830

15

Writing Genre and Mode

15

Victorian Performances

15

Twentieth-Century British Fiction and Poetry

15

Revolution and Restoration

15

Medieval Literature

15

The Renaissance: Shakespeare and Beyond

15

Creative Writing: Poetry and Prose

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Education Year 3 (Level 6)

Students can choose to do a) one compulsory module and one optional module, b) minimum 3 optional modules and one elective or c) 4 optional modules (options b) and c) suitable for students who wish to do a dissertation in their second subject)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research

Project, or equivalent) in either of the two

subjects

30

The Making of Professionals: Education,

Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Education for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

 

English Literature Year 3 (Level 6)

In Year 3 (Level 6), students take either the English Literature Dissertation module, Creative Writing portfolio (or the dissertation module in their other subject), studied in both semesters and worth 30 credits. Students can choose further modules, which can but need not include English Literature optional modules.

Optional  modules

Credits

Optional  modules

Credits

Dissertation in English Literature (ISP)

30

Film Noir

15

Creative Writing Portfolio (ISP)

30

Freedom and Death

15

Literature and Society

15

Wild Woods and Wide Worlds: British and American Children’s Fiction

15

Postcolonial and World Literature in English

15

Shakespearean Stages

15

Contemporary British Fiction

15

Writing at the Borders

15

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

 Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

15

High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream

15

The Alcohol Question

15

Words and Pictures: The Contemporary American Graphic Novel

15

Writingscapes

15

That womb where you imprison’d were: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period

15

Gender and Power in Restoration Literature

15

   

Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory

15

   

The Canadian Metropolis

15

   

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

   

 

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Educationin your final year you will study the following modules:

You will be required to take the compulsory module and 4 optional modules. You will be able to obtain the remaining 30 credits by either a) taking further optional modules or electives approved for Education or b) by taking optional and elective modules from your second subject.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research project)

30

The Making of Professionals:

Education, Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Educating for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

 

If you choose to specialise in English Literature in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation in English Literature

30

Creative Writing Portfolio

30

Literature and Society

15

Film Noir

15

   

Wild Woods and Wide Words: British and American Children’s Fiction

15

Optional modules

Credits

Words and Pictures

15

Lyric Poetry Writing at the Borders

15

The Canadian Metropolis

15

Gender and Power in Restoration Literature

15

High Culture: Drink, Drugs, and the American Dream

15

Postcolonial and World Literature in English

15

   

Contemporary British Fiction

15

Writingscapes

15

That womb where you imprison’d were: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Maternity in the Early Modern Period

15

   

Shakespeare on Film: Adaptation and Appropriation

15

   

The Alcohol Question

15

   

Shakespearean Stages

15

   

Sex, Scandal and Society: Eighteenth- Century Writing

15

   

Modernist Manifestos and Magazines

15

   

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to English Literature such as American Studies, Film Studies or History.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Media, Culture and Creative Practice.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az