Our BA English and Environment is a course unique in the UK that pairs the study of English literature and cultural studies with issues facing the environment, such as sustainability and climate change, and is taught jointly by the School of English and the School of Earth and Environment. The course is part of the University's commitment to problem-solving cross-disciplinary research that combines methods drawn from the sciences with those more usually associated with the arts.
This course allows you to explore the often surprisingly deep relationship between English literature on the one hand, and historical and contemporary environmental issues and debates on the other.
You will combine skills derived from the study of both literature and environmental studies, developing a unique and valuable skill set.
In Year 1 you will gain insights into key issues and debates while working on the critical and analytical skills needed to address them.
In Year 2 you will sharpen these skills by applying them to issues such as wildness/wilderness, climate change, or biodiversity) in which both qualitative (interpretative) and quantitative forms of analysis are required.
In Year 3, you will undertake an autonomous research project while also honing pre-professional skills in such environmentally oriented areas as environmental journalism and consultancy, biodiversity management and work with non-profit organisations (NGOs).
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections- valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
If you're choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
This course combines specialist environmental humanities modules in the School of English with modules in environmental social science in the School of Earth & Environment.
You will get to choose from a wide range of modules from across the two schools. Modules in English include ecocriticism, animal studies and posthumanist thought, while Earth & Environment offer modules on, for example, sustainable development and environmental policy. Linking these, a range of cross-cutting themes, including principles of sustainability, perceptions of the wild, and concepts of biodiversity, ensures that the history of environmental ideas and theories is mapped against contemporary environmental actions and practices.
This course is distinctive in bringing two sets of knowledge and techniques to bear on contemporary environmental issues and problems, using arts- as well as science-based methods and approaches to explore the cultural, historical and ethical dimensions of the environmental crisis.
You will graduate with a refined critical understanding of contemporary environmental issues and debates, but also of the ethical, cultural and historical forces that inform them, and a range of techniques for responding to them. These distinctive critical and analytical skills are relevant to a variety of both culturally and environmentally oriented professional careers.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including Grade A in English Language and/or Literature, or equivalent qualifications.
Career opportunities opened up by the programme include green business and consultancy, environmental management, not-for-profit work (e.g. environmental NGOs), policy work (e.g. at national/regional think tanks, the European Commission and UN-based organisations), and a range of culturally oriented professions, e.g. journalism, cultural management, and public relations.
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Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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