The School of History is one of the leading History departments in
the country, recognised for its research excellence, flexible programmes and quality teaching. You may encounter topics from the Crusades to the Cold War; from the impact of science
on 19th-century culture to the totalitarian regimes of Stalin’s Russia
and Hitler’s Third Reich.
Language is fundamental to everything we do: it helps us communicate
ideas, express our feelings, persuade, and present ourselves to
different audiences. English Language and Linguistics is therefore an
ideal complement to subjects where an understanding of how language
works is important.
In the English Language and Linguistics element of your degree, you
explore both the structure of language and its relationship with
culture, society, and the mind. A broad choice of theoretical topics cover areas as syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology,
sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, literary
stylistics and critical and cultural theory. Modules in language learning and teaching, creative and media writing, and language and media have a more vocational focus.
This degree is ideal for those wanting to explore how language works and how we communicate, as part of a degree that is international in scope and that spans the centuries.English Langauage and Linguistics
Teaching involves a combination of lectures and seminars, and there may be additional workshops, discussion groups and practical sessions. You have group or one-to-one tutorials for research projects and dissertations, and also have tutorials with your lecturers and seminar leaders to discuss coursework and assignments. In addition, you have access to further information and support via Moodle, our interactive web-based learning platform.
At each stage, some modules are continuously assessed, while others combine coursework and examination. Stage 2 and 3 modules count towards your final degree result.
Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.
The School of History uses a mixture of assessment patterns. The standard formats are 100% coursework or 60% examination and 40% coursework.
The School also has excellent student support arrangements. Alongside our Student Support Officer, each student is assigned an academic tutor. All module convenors keep regular office hours, and the School has a policy of returning at least one essay on each module in a one-to-one personal meeting allowing for additional verbal feedback and discussion.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: