The programme is composed of three parts: English, Classical Studies and Education studies. Two modules in each of these three subjects are taken at every level of study.
English is a dynamic and diverse subject in TSD. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English with a responsiveness to new directions in critical and cultural theory.
If you are interested in the cultures, literatures and languages of the ancient world, then Classical Studies is the programme for you. A degree in Classical Studies gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of modules from mythology to religion and all genres of ancient literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire. Modules exploring the influence of the ancient world on modern popular culture, such as film and literature, are also available. Study of ancient language is an option but not compulsory.
The Education Studies component of this major/minor degree comprises two modules of study per year over the three years of your degree. Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.
During the second year of study you will undertake a 20-credits module entitled 'Learning in an Inclusive Environment'. As part of this module, you will have the opportunity for gaining valuable work experience through a work placement. This placement may be in a classroom, museum or other contexts which respond to education in its broadest sense. The work will provide you with an insight into the application of concepts and ideas that surround education. Further it offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience that will support your future career aspirations. In your second year you will also study a module that explores educational identities in relation to knowledge, power, culture and social relations.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement. The latter module might involve an observation in a local school, college, organisation or learning/teaching contexts within the community.
There is clear emphasis on enhancing your employability through ensuring that the modules enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, you will have the opportunity to develop such skills via, for example, a compulsory work placement, seminar presentations and a practice-based, work related dissertation.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
Reasons for choosing this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Work placement
- Strongly vocational course
- Invaluable pathway to PGCE
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities
- Innovative teaching methods
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales and galleries
Typical modules include:
- Learning knowledge and education
- Historical and contemporary issues in education
- Learning in an inclusive environment
- Culture, Identity and Education
- Lifelong learning and continuing development
- Teaching Observation
- The Renaissance
- Contemporary Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Ways of Reading
- Historicising Texts
- Archives and Museum study
- Religions in Antiquity
- Armies and navies: studies in ancient warfare
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Athens vs Rome: Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
- From Gods to CGI: an Introduction to Classical Mythology and its Receptions
- The Muses' Playground: Epic in Antiquity
- Dreaming the Past: Classical Receptions in Modern Culture
- Staging Antiquity: Drama in the Ancient World
- Augustan Lovers
- Dr William Marx
- Dr Peter Mitchell
- Dr Jeni Williams
- Dr Paul Wright
- Dr Kyle Erickson
- Dr Ruth Parkes
- Dr Magdalena