What do you mean by traditional? I doubt there are any media/film type modules as Durham doesn't have a media studies or film studies department so it would be a big effort to find a lecturer for the module, etc. However you can take modules from other departments, so you can take sociology modules about film and popular culture, or they may be relevant history of art, history or politics modules. You can take 2 out of your 6 first year modules in any department (providing they don't clash with your English modules' lectures), and 2 modules from another department over years 2 and 3 (ie 2 in second year and 0 in third year, or 1 and 1 or 0 and 2).
(Original post by _JSL_)
Hi! I've got an offer from Durham for English (college allocation pending), though I'm having trouble deciding between Durham and York at the moment. I've heard quite a bit about the latter, though not as much about the former.
I was wondering how you would rate the department and course - what you liked/didn't like about it, which modules you enjoyed etc? Would you say the course is more traditionally inclined? (The list of modules I found seem to suggest so)
Also, I'd like to know more about assessment methods - is there more emphasis on written exams, or extended essays? Do many graduate with Firsts? Looked up the numbers on Unistats and the rate is apparently 22%, though I don't know if this varies from year to year.
Here are some media-related modules in other departments: http://www.dur.ac.uk/faculty.handboo..._code=SOCI3441
You can see the assessment methods for each module and the modules available here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/facul...works/q300.pdf
I have 2 friends doing English Lit and I think they have 4 exam modules and two coursework only (essay) modules.
I remember looking at York when I was looking at unis and I think all their modules were essay and seminar assessed only, no exams and you had to study a language or read foreign literature or something? So obviously that's a huge difference from Durham if you do/don't like essays/exams and do or don't want to have to study another language. It may have changed though since I looked so please don't take my word for it!
You can take language modules (including foreign literature) modules at Durham, but you don't have to.
You can be flexible with your dissertation if you have a particular interest though. Eg if you were interested in the portrayal of sport in literature in a certain time period, you could write an English Lit dissertation on that (or equally, a history or sociology dissertation).
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