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Archaeology/English Literature

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English
September 2020
17,700 GBP

Program description

Archaeology/English Literature

The joint honours degree in English Literature and Archaeology provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects. Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects.

English literature at Cardiff offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.

Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. Archaeology at Cardiff concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt.

You will learn with staff who undertake cutting-edge research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology
  • a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture
  • close contacts with local historical sites such as St Fagans National History Museum, Caerleon and Caerwent – allowing additional links with archaeology as an academic discipline
  • the opportunity to go on an excavation or archaeological placement at the end of year two and year three, organised and funded by Archaeology at Cardiff.

Admission requirements

ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year One

Core Modules

  • The Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies: Egypt, Greece and Rome
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain: Prehistory to Present
  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing

Optional Modules

  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • Analysing Archaeology
  • Discovering Archaeology
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
  • Transforming Visions: Text and Image
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 1

Optional Modules

  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • The History of Archaeological Thought
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Style and Genre
  • The Robin Hood Tradition
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
  • Literature and Science
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
  • Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
  • Girls
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
  • Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Writing Mourning
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Jane Austen in Context
  • ENCAP Employability Module

Year Three

Core Modules

  • Archaeology Field and Practical Skills 2

Optional Modules

  • The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
  • Iron Age Britain
  • Post-Roman Celtic Britain
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Pharaohs of the Sun
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Archaeology Dissertation
  • Museums' Collections Management
  • Archaeological Illustration and Photography
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
  • Dissertation
  • Hitchcock
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
  • Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
  • Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • John Milton
  • The American Short Story
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Criminal Shakespeare
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America
  • Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • Identify and apply relevant data
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

In 2015/16, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

English literature graduates have excellent analytic and communication skills that fit them for a full range of professions and further training. Their cultural expertise and intellectual abilities are valued in the public and private sector, and in contexts as varied as the classroom, the law courts or the media.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

We believe that archaeology students are particularly well placed to compete for employment as their degree involves a range of practical and academic skills which have a wide value beyond archaeology. These transferable skills have permitted our graduates to find work in journalism, banking, finance, teaching and a wide range of other areas.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. Many of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise such as work in archives or museums. The majority, however, compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields.

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