Our BA World Literatures course gives you access to an immense range of texts - from ancient to contemporary literature, and from Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Europe.
Alongside English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, and from all periods from continental Europe, you can study post-colonial literatures, cultural theory, creative writing and film.
In Year 1, you'll sample a wide selection of literature and critical theory, and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skills on which you'll build in Years 2 and 3.
Three course units in World Literatures (60 credits) are mandatory in Year 1, along with 20 to 60 further credits from a range of literature options.
In Years 2 and 3, you will select courses from a range of options. There's a mandatory 40-credit thesis in the final year, on which you'll work closely with an academic supervisor to develop a topic of your choosing.
Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject alongside World Literatures. You can also apply to spend one or two semesters studying abroad during the second year of your degree.
**We aim to:**
- Encourage you to engage with a significant range of literary genres, as well as film, song, and other forms of expression from a wide range of cultures, nations and historical periods;
- Enable you to study texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and develop an appreciation of the specific conditions that affect the representation of ideas, beliefs and experiences;
- Help you appreciate how our own historical and cultural location affects our understanding of literature;
- Familiarise you with and enable you to apply traditional and modern theories of literary and cultural criticism;
- develop your powers of critical and analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the craft of writing and the relationships between different texts and genres;
- Encourage you to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word, and to carry this quality of response into future reading experiences;
- Develop your enthusiasm for literature and appreciation of its importance in the world, in earlier periods as well as the present day;
- Help you to foster sophisticated literacy skills and appropriate disciplinary forms of presentation and referencing;
- Enable you to develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral and written presentation;
- Encourage continuous, developing reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and the ability to make informed choices for future development;
- Develop your skills for employment and/or further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts;
- Sustain and enhance your knowledge and critical appreciation of literature and other cultural forms in preparation for postgraduate study or professional careers.
You may apply to spend one or two semesters studying abroad during the second year of your degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore via the Worldwide Exchange scheme.
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Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject alongside World Literatures.
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