Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

English / Social History

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Allows you to combine the study of two subjects.
  • Choose the balance of your subjects in Years 2 and 3 of the degree. Named route study is available in Year 3 leading to a BA (Hons) Social History degree.
  • Workshops and readings by published writers including the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, who is a professor in poetry at the Writing School.
  • The department of history houses the Manchester Regional History Centre.
  • Regular readings, visiting speakers and literary events.
  • All strands of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
  • The opportunity to be taught by internationally recognised academics in a variety of specialist areas.
  • Opportunities to work with acclaimed authors on creative writing in a variety of genres. The Department of English at our Manchester campus is a large and vibrant community of around forty internationally renowned writers and critics. The department is home to the Manchester Writing School, the most successful of its kind in the UK. The Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
  •  Students on the Manchester campus have a wealth of opportunities to engage with the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department, and to build their own networks among our many partners in the dynamic Manchester cultural and creative community. 
  • 94% of BA (Hons) History students are satisfied with the teaching on their course according to the National Student Survey 2015.
  • We are ranked 16th out of 82 UK universities for the quality of our impact in History research according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • 93% of History graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE Survey 2014.
  • 95% of English and Creative Writing graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE Survey 2014.
  • 100% of our English research impact was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014

About the course

English:

This course takes an innovative, modern approach to the study of literature, focusing on drama, prose, fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present, and balancing the traditional with the modern. There are opportunities to take units in creative writing, film and cultural theory, as well as writing from the USA, Ireland, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Students who have studied English Literature or Language appreciate the course’s core interest in the analysis of literary language, and those with good qualifications from across the humanities perform just as well. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching, flexible provision, highly positive student feedback and strong research culture.

Social History:

Social historians have shifted the focus of historical attention to include the lives of ordinary people whose stories are as significant as those of the ruling elites. The study of social history offers new ways of interpreting today’s global society by uncovering the origins of societal trends that continue to influence our modern lives. You will have the opportunity to consider the grand sweep of human history, as well as focusing on social experiences and changes in a particular region or chronological period. You can study a range of thematic units from the rise of the city to youth culture. Our units  also explore the social history of individual nations and several units on the theme of twentieth century Britain.

 

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Combined Honours Programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year, students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for each unit are shown below.

 

Core Units
Approaches to Narrative

This unit introduces the critical study of narrative, providing you with the appropriate critical skills and vocabulary with which to analyse different forms of prose narrative, introducing a range of texts from different historical periods, traditions and genres. It develops key skills in the areas of planning and writing essays, and supports structured reflection on the transition to university-level English studies.

Combined Honours - From Medieval to the Modern

You will choose one option from the following two units

Metropolis: The Making of the Modern City

The city is an inseparable part of modern life. As it was 200 years ago, the city is a place of innovation and change, a place where decisive developments happen first, affect a large number of people and often with breath-taking intensity and pace. The city therefore is a useful magnifier to study social, economic and cultural transformations of society close-up. This unit offers the exciting opportunity to study social history within a defined space and time - the metropolis and the ‘long’ 19th century. As this history exists on our doorstep, visits and on-site lectures will be an integral part of this unit.

Myths of the Medieval and Early Modern World

There are lots of myths and misconceptions surrounding medieval and early modern history. The popular view is of a time of unfettered violence and warfare, where there was very little learning and most people were ignorant of the world around them. Everyone either followed the beliefs of the church or they were condemned as witches or heretics, but the Reformation swept this away by rejecting Catholicism, introducing reform and a new Humanist way of thinking. You will interrogate this period through four themes – warfare and violence; religion and belief; gender and power; and learning, exploring what this world was really like. 

Critical Dialogues
This unit introduces you to some key topics in critical and cultural theory and the critical and research skills required for the study of English at university level. The unit is an introduction to a number of key topics in critical and cultural theory and to a range of distinct approaches to the analysis of literary and cinematic texts.
Europe in Turmoil 1900-1939

The momentous events of the early twentieth century have profoundly shaped the modern world. These years were dominated by the First World War and as new nations rose and old empires fell, societies and communities were also transformed. You will study this pivotal period in all its dimensions; statesmen and diplomats rub shoulders with wild-eyed revolutionaries, militant campaigners for women’s rights and war-weary soldiers. 

Year 2

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and History. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Year 3

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and History. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal examinations.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 2 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 60% coursework; 10% practical; 30% examination
  • Year 2 75% coursework; 25% examination
  • Year 3 75% coursework; 25% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Assessment 75% coursework; 25% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/english/staff/

Typical entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature. Subjects such as Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

106-112 UCAS Tariff Points from Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of at least 5.5 in all units

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

This degree aims to develop a number of transferable skills well suited to a broad range of graduate employment, including roles in teaching, the media, law, management, and public and social services.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Full-time applications through UCAS
Part-time applications - download an application form at www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

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