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English and Comparative Literature

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“I am a citizen of the world”, (Diogenes).

With this degree combination you will be studying in one of the country’s outstanding English departments whilst also taking courses offered by specialists from across the School. Their expertise—in Film studies, theory, visual culture and languages—will ensure that as you develop your knowledge of diverse literatures and cultures from around the world, you will able to debate, not only the written word in its many forms but also the language of  cinema and the visual arts.  Underpinning both elements of the degree is an emphasis on the development of critical thinking about literature, art, philosophy, history and culture. With its emphasis on a broad cross-cultural perspective, so crucial to an increasingly globalised world, this degree is designed to ensure that you develop the communication and leadership skills that are so valuable in the modern workplace. 

You do not require knowledge of any language other than English which is the medium through which all the courses are taught.

It is possible to study Comparative Literature and Culture entirely in English, but the programme combinations that we offer with French, German, Italian and Spanish mean that you can, if you wish, combine your comparative studies with a focus on a single language or country.   

Year 1

In the first year of your degree, in the Department of English, you will study the full unit (both terms), EN1107 Re-Orienting the Novel, and the half units EN1011 Thinking as a Critic (Term 1) and EN1112 Introducing English Poetry (Term 2). Please note that in the second year of your joint honours degree you will choose between studying EN1106 Shakespeare or EN1001 Medieval Literature in the English department. Students must also take the equivalent of two units in Comparative Literature, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Year 2

In their second year, students must complete either EN1106: Shakespeare or EN1101: Medieval Literature (descriptions of these courses can be found on the Single Honours English page). Students must also take the equivalent of one second-year full unit in English as well as the equivalent of two full units in Comparative Literature, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  

For a full listing of course options in the English Department, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

Year 3

In their third year, students must take one unit from the following:  Special Author Project; Special Topic; Dissertation.  (To be entered for the dissertation, students must achieve an average of 63% or higher in their second year.)  In their third year, students must also take the equivalent of one third-year unit in English and the equivalent of two third-year units of Comparative Literature, as specified by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

For a full range of Special Author Projects and Special Topics in the English Department, as well as a list of full- and half-unit third year options, please see Current Course Options.

N.B.  In either their second or third year, students must take one half unit focusing on literature from before 1780 (i.e. Medieval or Renaissance, but excluding Shakespeare).

  
 
 
 

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