A Comparative Literature degree differs from an English Literature programme in that it transcends national and cultural boundaries, offering you a global view of world literature. You have the opportunity to study texts ranging from Classical antiquity to the present day in English translation, including works by authors such as Homer, Ovid, Dante, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Kafka, as well as British classics such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Joyce and Woolf. You gain a broad international perspective on literary history, literary movements and literary genres, comparing themes and figures across different cultural backgrounds. You also compare the works of English and American authors against those of European writers.
English Language and Linguistics is an ideal complement to many subjects, particularly those where an understanding of how language works is important. Language plays a central role in everything we as human beings do, and this programme explores its many facets, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and possible career paths. While the focus will be on English, you will also explore the meaning of language more generally, and discover what language systems have in common.Comparative Literature
For most modules, you have one two-hour seminar per week. The final-year dissertation is based entirely on your private research but is
supervised by a tutor and includes workshops.
Comparative Literature students can choose to take a module that is
linked to SWIPE (Student Work in Progress Exposition), our annual
one-day conference that provides a platform for our third-year students to give short presentations on their final-year dissertation projects.
By becoming involved in SWIPE you learn about planning, organising and
running a conference, as well as about preparing and delivering
professional conference presentations.
We also offer a module designed specifically for students who are
planning to embark on a career in teaching: Comparative Literature and
English & Linguistics in the Classroom.
Assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50 or 40:60.
English Language and Linguistics
On average, you have two one-hour lectures each week plus two seminar classes of two hours each. However, this varies depending on the material and the nature of the module, 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.
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: