This programme introduces you to a fascinating range of literary texts and periods and allows you to develop your skills as a thinker, reader, writer and critic. Combined with Multimedia Journalism you will develop your practical skills alongside academic study. Students study print, online and broadcast journalism, alongside aspects of law and ethics. Students produce ongoing assignments such as websites, blogs and magazines and showcase their talents in a final project of their choice.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both programmes are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which has substantial research and teaching experience. This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you whilst broadening your understanding of English Literature and knowledge of Multimedia Journalism. Students will enhance their practical skills to gain a working knowledge of industrial practices within a Multimedia environment.
We have a sound practical resource base and produce magazines, newsblogs and radio and TV packages, often in co-operation with local media outlets. Students also run their own blog sites which offer opportunities to showcase their work.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English Literature from the Renaissance to the present day. The aim of this course is to allow students to develop their own research interests through a wide range of module options and a final year dissertation. This course combination will develop a critical understanding professional practice skills in journalism. This is a course that introduces and develops the skills that are vital in a world where communication technologies play an increasingly central role.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects.
Stage one explores the introduction of English Literature and sets down the foundations. At stage one there are two period modules. The first is Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romance and Revolution, where students encounter important genres (such as poetry and fiction) and writers (from Charles Dickens and the Bronte’s to Oscar Wilde). The second is Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature where you will explore the development of English Literature from the end of the Second World War to the present.
Students will take part in a variety of practical activities including news writing and reporting projects across print and broadcast media within the Multimedia Journalism subject. Students will also develop their understanding of the environment in which journalism operates.
Multimedia Journalism will also concentrate on Law and ethics where students are introduced to the Law and the regulatory environment in the context of how journalists carry out their work and how legal requirements underpin contemporary journalistic practice and priorities. This provides an excellent platform of knowledge for students to advance to stage two.
Within the English modules students will delve into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider range of literature from the realms of the Eighteenth century Literature; Satire and Sensibility as well as focusing on the wicked wit and violence of ‘the long eighteenth century’ (1660-1800). Within the Multimedia Journalism element of the course, modules concentrate on sub-editing and proofreading experience, as well as associated content management skills. Students will be using industry-standard graphic design and publishing software, thereby providing important media production skills relating to the newspaper, magazine and online publishing industries.
Students will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of English and Multimedia Journalism that they find particularly interesting.
For our most advanced students, Renaissance Literature provides new perspectives on that period, from ‘Renaissance sexualities’ to ‘visions of the new world’. In Multimedia Journalism, students will also get an opportunity to bring their writing and reporting skills up to professional standards and meet specialist professional writers. Students will be able to showcase their talents and creativity in a final project that might involve producing a magazine, a radio programme or a video documentary.
All major or joint students prepare, by supervised research, a dissertation that permits them to investigate an area of personal/career interest. In the dissertation students can demonstrate the links between the practice of journalism and the academic context of an aspect of the subject.
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- core period modules from the Renaissance to the present day
- opportunities to develop creative writing skills
- opportunities to study American literature
- diverse range of assessment methods
- solid introduction to professional production practice
- strong relationships with local industrial partners
- cross platform approach to content and skills
- an exciting range of modules
Suggested reading for the Multimedia Journalism aspect of this course:
- Bull A (2015) Multimedia journalism: a practical guide, Routledge
- Evans, H & Crawford G (2000) Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers (Pimlico)
- Harcup, T. (2015) Journalism Principles and Practice Sage
- Hudson G. and Rowlands S. (2007) Broadcast Journalism Handbook Pearson
- Hanna M & Dodd M (2014) McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists
- Morrison J. (2015) Essential Public Affairs Oxford
- Mckane A (2014) News Writing, Sage
The reading list for the English aspect of this course is available to download.
Students who have studied with us have gone on to a wide range of careers, including: teaching, postgraduate study (through MA courses in English or related areas), adult education, social work training, marketing, editorial work with major publishers, librarianship, bookselling, management trainee schemes with large companies and local government. There are worldwide career opportunities for journalists working in the English language. Both subjects provide a combination of practical skills, useful contacts and academic study, which will enable students to pursue a career in journalism or other areas of the media.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|