English Literature and History

In London

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    3 Years

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This course allows you to combine the study of literary texts with the study of history. It enables you to gain a command of the social and political circumstances in which the writing of literature has taken place, as well as of the texts themselves. You will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key periods, themes, styles and techniques in literary studies, and be able to use that learning in critical form. You will also develop a substantial body of knowledge and understanding of the modern history of London, Britain and Europe, including in the global context. The course will give you the skills and knowledge to enter careers with a significant element of research, such as in broadcasting, journalism, teaching or publishing. It will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development. Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies. In Year 3 you can complete a dissertation in English literature or history. English Literature  You will be able to study literature from a wide range of periods and genres from Shakespeare to the present day, including non-fiction texts as well as novels, poetry and drama. In the first year you will develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in literary studies in the context of our small group tutorial system. In the second and third years a wide range of option modules are offered; through these studies you will develop a deep understanding of literature and its place in British culture, and be able to relate the study of English literature to the broader context of Western history and thought. History  You will have access to a wide variety of interesting modules, many of them unique to Westminster. Our focus is explicitly modern, but within a very broad geographical sweep. There are core modules in modern British and European history and we




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Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, HA1 3TP


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One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):
A levels – BCC including English or at least one humanities-related subject
International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 points in Higher Level English A or 6 points in Higher English B
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM in a creative subject
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma – DM with a humanities A Level Grade C or BC at A Level including a humanities subject plus Merit in a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum

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  • English
  • Drama
  • Global
  • Writing
  • Joint
  • Confidence Training
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare
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  • English

Course programme

Subjects of study include:

  • Blood and Iron. The Making of the Modern World Part One: 1750-1914
  • Conflict and Commemoration: War and Memory in Twentieth-century Europe
  • Cosmopolis: London Since 1960
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • English Literature and History Tutorial
  • Imperial Capital World City: London 1750-1914
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Blitz: Image Impact Legacy 1940-1951
  • Metropolis: London and Modernity
  • What is Literature?
  • Credit Level 4

    Subjects of study include:

    • Civil War to Civil Rights: USA 1850-1970
    • Democracy and Dictatorship: The Making of the Modern World 1914-1990
    • Jack the Ripper
    • English Literature/History Tutorial
    • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
    • Monsters
    • New Liberals to New Labour British Politics 1906-2010
    • History Internship
    • The Nineteenth Century
    • The Novel
    • Modern Ireland
    • The Past in the Present: London Museums
    • Travel Sickness: Narratives of Exploration and Disaster
    • Writing Revolutions
    • Credit Level 5

      Subjects of study include:

      • Anglo-French Relations since 1914
      • Churchill
      • Cinema as a Source for Historians
      • Suez and British Decolonization
      • Divided Society: Britain in the 20th Century
      • The Women’s Movement in Twentieth-century Britain and Canada
      • History Dissertation
      • International Organisations in an Age of Global Conflict and Change
      • Britain and Northern Ireland 1968-1998
      • Issues in Culture
      • English and History Dissertation
      • Britain and Germany since 1945
      • Modernism
      • Satire and the City
      • Special Topic
      • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
      • Vichy France 1940-1944
      • Fiction after 1950
      • Credit Level 6

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