Bishop Grosseteste University English

Bishop Grosseteste University English

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Across your course, you will experience directly why we have such a strong reputation nationally for teaching excellence and student satisfaction. With our smaller cohorts and close academic support, you will receive the opportunities and guidance to fulfil your full potential. Within each module, you will be free to follow your own interests supported by structured learning resources, interactive tasks and one-to-one tutorials.

You will benefit from a flexible approach to teaching and learning, one that integrates traditional University practices (lectures, seminars, tutorials) with innovative techniques that promote student participation and engagement. The course employs diverse methods of assessment, ranging from essays and exams to discussions and presentations. These are designed to foster key academic and transferrable skills in critical thinking, research, intellectual collaboration, and oral and written communication.

Your engagement with English will not stop at the seminar door. We actively support a range of organised events and visits to enable a wider participation with literary culture. These include a research seminar series, visiting speakers, subsidised film and theatre trips, drama workshops, poetry readings and literary awards.

What you will study

In your first year, you will acquire the analytical and research skills required for undergraduate study through modules on critical skills and literary form. You will have the opportunity to write both creatively and critically about the myths and stories at the roots of Western culture and explore the history of American Literature and Film from the ‘Jazz Age’ to 9/11.

In year two, you will expand your understanding of literary history with courses on the evolution of the novel from Defoe to Stoker and the innovations of Modernism. In addition, there are specialist modules on literature and identity, critical theory and literature for children and young adults. You will also enhance your transferrable skills and employability through a Professional Contexts module that combines a placement opportunity with reflective learning.

In your final year, you will continue to explore literary periods and movements with courses on the Renaissance and Romanticism in the first semester, followed by Medieval and Contemporary Literature in the second. Your undergraduate experience will culminate with an independent research project on a subject of your choosing. This is your opportunity to take charge and pursue your own literary interests supported by the academic skills you have gained.