Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree offers you the opportunity to explore the disciplines of history and English literature. You'll be introduced to the skills of the historian, and will analyse societies and their structures in a way that will inform and complement your literary studies.

' You'll explore thematic and genre'based approaches to literature, verbal analysis and literary theory.

' You'll have the opportunity to gain precious industry'standard experience through our History at Work placement scheme.

' Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialties, they’ll be able to help you develop your own interests.

' Both departments are large enough to provide a wide range of modules, but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff.

' We host a programme of guest lectures that has included major names in literature, including Alan Bennett, Germaine Greer, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Doris Lessing.

' Interdisciplinary modules draw together standard historical sources with literature, film, and the visual arts, and help you develop a wide range of skills that are attractive to employers.

' Our graduates have a good employment record, and have gone on to work in publishing, journalism, PR, teaching, advertising, and the media.

Course Modules

At Level 4 you'll be introduced to essential concepts in literary study, encouraged to read a wide range of works covering the major literary genres, and become aware of changing views of the past, and theories of history. You'll choose between learning about cultural history, intellectual history, modern political history or religion, peace and conflict.

Level 5 consists of an interdisciplinary studies module or modules, plus a combination of English and history modules. For instance, (for English) you might want to: examine the literature and ideas of the 16th and 17th centuries; investigate how the concept of the American nation state was produced in 19th'century literature; make a literary and cultural analysis of Shakespeare’s or Chaucer’s work; and (for History): examine the medieval crusades or gender relations in the past; look into the cultural history of Buddhist Asia; or investigate the recent history of a range of European countries.

Your interdisciplinary studies at Level 6 are directed towards a written project, and you continue to deepen your knowledge by balancing your selection of English and History modules with those you took at Level 5.

Options currently available include: taking a creative writing option; exploring the close relationship between literature and film in the 20th century; investigating gender and culture in medieval Europe; considering contemporary moral problems; or studying aspects of African or South Asian history.

The Departments also offer each year a small number of single'term ‘option’ modules which can be combined in pairs to form the equivalent of full'year modules. You can also apply to take a ‘related study’ – an approved module from another department which is relevant to your overall module profile.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:

09/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,910 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)