Each year you will take two course units in each subject.
Offering cross-cultural perspectives across world literature, film and the visual arts, and combining innovation, flexibility and academic challenge, Comparative Literature and Culture will prepare you for the demands of today’s world and workplaces. In addition to core courses that develop your critical skills, you can you choose from our exceptionally wide range of fascinating options. These span fiction, drama, cinema, painting and sculpture from different periods and areas, all taught by leading research specialists.
In the first year, you will join the single honours English students for two whole course units: Inventing the Novel and Introducing English Poetry. In the second year, you will take the whole course unit in Shakespeare or Medieval and two further half course units from the list of options. In your final year, you will have the opportunity to pursue more specialised units, some of which extend beyond literature written in Britain. You will also complete a research project, either one of a group of papers examined by long essays, or a dissertation on a subject that you select in consultation with the Department.
Throughout the course, you will:
- learn to appreciate and criticise texts from the English literary canon
- place works in the historical contexts of their creation and reception
- acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers
- develop the ability to think broadly and critically beyond conventional conceptual boundaries in ways which are particularly relevant in today’s globalized world
- gain a sophisticated, critical appreciation of cultural life and cultural diversity, drawing on a very broad range of international literary, filmic and artistic references and major critical perspectives
- hone oral and written communication skills, and the ability to pose and solve problems in sophisticated and flexible ways.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
The websites of the Department of English and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures give detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.