English Literature and Psychology 

(2018 Entry)

In the English Literature element of the course, engage imaginatively with a wide range of contemporary and historical literature, focusing particularly on tradition, innovation, and diversity. At Keele we know that English literature is literature written in English, and this can originate from many places: the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. In the Psychology element of the course, our British Psychological Society accredited course enables you to explore why humans think, feel, communicate and act in the ways that they do. 

Combined Honours

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


Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: CQ83

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Course Overview

So at Keele, you’ll explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures and historical periods and explore a range of approaches to literary study. You’ll consider the historical, sociopolitical, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry and drama from the medieval period to the present day. You might explore links between literature and film, or engage with exciting new genres such as the graphic novel. You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as the importance of story, the novel, writing for the screen, post-colonialism, depictions of maternity and scandal.

For this element of the course, you'll graduate with a wide range of skills – in research, oral and written communication, presentation – as well as excellent opportunities for the future. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language.

The Psychology element of the course, enables you to find out what the latest research tells us about human behaviour and learn how to design and conduct your own psychological studies in our well-equipped labs using a range of techniques. The course is taught by staff who are actively engaged in research with specialisms in social psychology, developmental psychology, cognition and neuropsychology, biological psychology health and wellbeing and a range of applied areas. The emphasis of the course is on understanding how psychology impacts on everyday life; from developing a sense of self and negotiating personal relationships to influencing judgements about matters of global significance, such as climate change. At Keele we aim to produce psychology graduates who are ready to use their psychology skills and knowledge to make a real difference.

What will this mean for my future?

For this element of the course, you will be taking the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and a requirement for further study and training for a career in psychology. You could take up any number of very interesting careers in psychology, perhaps working as a neuropsychologist or as a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational or sports psychologist. Whatever path you choose in your working life, the Keele Psychology degree aims to develop a psychological perspective on human behaviour which is valued in a huge range of careers. Many of our graduates choose to pursue exciting careers beyond psychology, including in education, health, social care, management, marketing and many more.

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

Psychology -  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Psychology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

15

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

45

0

15

0

0

  • * in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

Modules - Year One

 

Year 1 (Level 4)

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

 

Psychology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology

15

Understanding self and others better: an introduction to counselling theories

15

Introduction to Research Design

15

Distress and Mental Health

15

Introduction to Biological & Cognitive Psychology

15

Natural, unnatural, supernatural: the psychology of unusual phenomena

15

Introduction to Statistics for Psychology

15

Applied Psychology

15

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

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

 

Psychology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Developmental & Social Psychology

15

None

 

Qualitative and Survey Research Design

15

   

Biological and Cognitive Psychology

15

   

Statistics for Psychology

15

   

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

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

   

 

Psychology Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

   

The Psychology of Deviance

15

   

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

Modules - Year Four

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.

 

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Final Year Project

30

Psychology in Education

15

Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

15

Making a Difference with Psychology

15

Key Readings in Cognitive Psychology

15

The Psychology of Deviance

15

Culture and Psychology

15

Groups, Crowds and Conflict

15

   

Faces, Forgetting and Forensic Psychology

15

   

Health Psychology

15

   

Current Perspectives on Autism

15

   

Everyday Memory & Amnesia

15

 
   

Happiness and Wellbeing

15

 

Note: Students who take semester-long Study Abroad in Year 2 can take ‘Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Third Year Study Abroad Students’ in Year 3 as an Optional module if required in order to fulfil BPS accreditation requirements.

 

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