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BA English and American Literature and Culture

Between Hull and Hollywood stretch two nations' worth of literary excellence which has defined much of the modern world.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

QT37

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Course overview

Deepen your understanding of British and American culture, past and present. Our staff are experts in their field – and their research underpins the modules we offer.

You’ll study topics including literature, culture, film and television studies, visual studies and history.

Writing and writers are central to the rich literary heritage of Hull, the most recent UK City of Culture. You'll have the opportunity to be part of the creative scene at the University – and beyond. 

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Six reasons to study English and American Literature and Culture at Hull

  1. Ranked 3rd in the UK for American Studies#
  2. 96% graduate employability rating
  3. 24/7 term-time access to the Brynmor Jones Library
  4. Follow your passions with our range of modules
  5. Study under published authors of novels and poems
  6. Thriving literary scene in the city

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Compulsory

    Literature Lab

    In this module, you'll acquire essential skills for the study of literature, as well as general academic skills. You'll also develop your skills in essay writing, presenting, academic research and referencing.

    Transformative Texts of American Literature

    You'll study a selection of American novels, plays and poems that changed not only American literature but how we think about crucial social issues. 

    Travels in Text and Time

    Time-travelling across three centuries of English literature, this module introduces you to key English writers, crossing boundaries between Medieval and Renaissance works.

    America in Theory

    Enhance your understanding of US culture, history, and society. We'll explore feminist readings of American TV shows, and use critical race theories to examine gangsta rap.

    Reading Fiction

    Explore the techniques, conventions and developments of the novel from the 18th century to today. You'll engage with relevant contexts, studying authors from Austen to Ondaatje.

    American History – Birth of a Nation

    Discover the triumphs and tragedies of American history before 1900: The struggle for independence. The rise and fall of slavery. The winners and losers of westward expansion. 

Second year modules

  • Optional

    The Age of Chivalry and Romance

    You'll learn about and evaluate the medieval culture of chivalry and courtly love, then see how it was received in the 'real' world of later medieval England. 

    Brief Encounters with the Victorians

    Examine shorter narratives of the Victorian period, by some of its most influential authors. You'll address key issues relating to industrialisation, class, gender and imperialism.

    British and American Modernism

    Explore a diverse literary period through authors on both sides of the Atlantic who stood for radical change. Featured writers include T S Eliot, Virginia Woolf and F Scott Fitzgerald.

    The Child in British and American Literature and Culture

    Discover the ways in which the contradictory image of the child has been represented in literary texts in Britain and America from the 19th century through to the present day.

    Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature, c. 1530 - 1633​

    Study the development of the most passionate and erotic representations of love and desire in English poetry and drama over a century, from the 1530s to the 1630s.

    Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

    On this module, you'll discover Romanticism - a movement which gave birth to some of the greatest poetry in the English language. 

    Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

    Meet Shakespeare amid the vibrant theatrical milieu of late 16th and early 17th-century London, where he was among a number of inventive and influential playwrights of the time. 

    Sentiment and Scandal: Literature of the Long 18th Century

    Explore sentiment and satire, sensibility and scandal in a module which focuses upon the diversity, innovations and influence of 18th-century poetry, drama and fiction.

    Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

    Examine encounters between travellers and the cultures they visit through a study of the literature of travel, including fictional accounts and visual representations like art and film.

    Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

    On this module, you'll take a fresh look at contemporary human relations with a focus on sexuality, gender and the body.

    New York City in Culture

    Perhaps the most recognisable American city and arguably the USA's cultural capital. This module looks at New York as the setting and subject of works of different media and genre.

    Musical-Made America

    The musical is a distinctively American genre. Examine how Hollywood and Broadway have created spaces to represent and re-imagine the USA's sexual, racial and political identities. 

    Reagan’s Polarised America; a Cultural Study of the USA in the 1980s

    Looking at the turbulent events of the 80s can help us understand today's USA. You'll study popular cultural texts to shed light on American identities, politics and representations. 

    The Fire Next Time: From Slavery to Civil Rights

    Explore African-American history and culture from the arrival of the first kidnapped Africans to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Dissertation and Dissertation Preparation

    Make your original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic that you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • Optional

    Crime Fiction: Reading the Body, Reading the Signs

    Investigate the two main crime fiction traditions: classical and hardboiled. Then analyse four novels from the many subgenres that have developed more recently.

    Gothic

    On this module, you'll analyse the Gothic, from the conception of the genre in the 18th century to its manifestation in contemporary literature and film.

    Playing God: Late Medieval Drama, from Page to Stage

    Explore the vibrant drama of late medieval England. Alongside study of each text, you'll be able to re-imagine the play in performance, using theatre workshops, field trips and archives.

    Unruly Subjects and Renaissance Texts

    Explore how 16th and early 17th-century writing treated controversial issues of the day such as rebellion, sexual misconduct, cross-dressing and witchcraft. 

    The Globalisation of American Culture: International Perspectives on America as a Cultural Superpower

    Is the world becoming ever more 'Americanised'? Or can countries and peoples resist the USA’s 'cultural imperialism'? This module explores the impact of Americanisation.

    Childhood Trauma and Its Aftermath in Contemporary Fiction

    Study the ways that contemporary novels and 'misery memoirs' present childhood trauma that impacts on adolescence and adulthood. 

    Crossing the Line: Frontiers in the Literature of America

    Examine how cultural exchange, interaction and migration have shaped the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean by studying texts that cross lines between cultures.

    Shakespearean Transformations

    Explore how Shakespeare borrowed and adapted existing plays. You'll consider Shakespeare's work in terms of adaptation, imitation, conversion and originality.

    Secrets and Lies: Victorian Decadence and Degeneration 1860-1901

    Explore new forms of writing which focus on the darker alternative or hidden aspects of Victorian society, such as the new woman, the homosexual man, the foreigner, and the poor.

    Special Author: Shakespeare

    Study plays from the whole range of Shakespeare's dramatic career, from the early 1590s to around 1610, with a selection of comedies, histories, tragedies and tragicomedies.

    American History by Hollywood

    Film-makers have long used the history of the USA as a source of stories and characters. This module compared Hollywood's version with with what historical sources say 'really' happened.

    Disney Studies

    An in-depth exploration of the history and impact of Disney's global entertainment empire.

    Doin’ Time: American Prison Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries

    Get an overview of the key debates and concepts in American prison studies as we explore one of the world's largest prison systems and the cultural responses it's spawned. 

    The Civil War in American History and Culture

    Explore the American Civil War's seismic impact on US politics, society and culture. You'll learn about the conflict and its outcomes, as well as its continuing - and contested - legacy. 

    Telling the Truth: American Documentary Culture from the Muckrakers to Fake News

    Explore how photographers and filmmakers have documented American society from the early 20th century to the present day, on a module with a focus on visual culture.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

192 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,008 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

5%
95%
  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

204 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

996 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

16%
8%
76%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

144 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

1,056 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

13%
5%
82%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Publisher
  • Writer
  • Civil servant

This programme trains you to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level.

Our graduates develop skills that are prized in many professions and acquire the adaptability to flourish in various arenas.

Aside from the more obvious pathways such as teaching and the civil service, a degree in English and American Literature and Culture will set you up with the skills and knowledge to research and investigate, and to share those findings with others - an excellent grounding for journalists, writers and bloggers.

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A place where we stand up to kings, do deals with the world and take a wrecking ball to the slave trade. A place where culture stands out and the phone boxes are a different colour. A place where we're free-thinking, independent and proud of it.

#Ranked third in the UK for American studies, with a 96% overall satisfaction score (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)

†Percentage of students from the American studies subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018