University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

Benefit from how English Literature and History complement one another as disciplines providing you with an enhanced understanding of both. This degree has been designed with the two subjects in mind, creating an integrated and coherent programme that weaves the two areas of study together.

You’ll expand your knowledge of both disciplines, and develop your understanding of the relationship between literature, politics, history and culture. You’ll take specialised modules, such as ‘Literature and History’ and ‘Writing the Nation’, focusing specifically on the important relationship between English Literature and History. You’ll also choose modules from across both subjects, allowing you to tailor your degree to your interests.

You’ll learn about critical and theoretical approaches to texts and explore different genres and literary periods, as well as different types of history including social and economic, political, cultural, local, and women’s history. You will delve into specific periods of history, including the medieval and English Renaissance, the Enlightenment and Victorian periods, modern British and European history, and 20th century American history. You will study a range of topics, including constructions of gender and sexuality, the history of childhood and children’s literature, political tyranny and genocide, diaspora and multiculturalism.

You’ll be taught by world-class researchers and writers, and be able to meet renowned authors at extra lectures and masterclasses, which have previously included our Chancellor, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Anthony Horowitz and Emma Donoghue.

Develop a range of skills you’ll need in the workplace, including clarity of expression in written work and oral presentation, research skills, and in the use of archives and digital media. You will be supported to realise your potential through individual tutorials, small group work seminars and lectures.

Course Modules

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Discovering Literature

London in Literature

Constructing the Classics

The Historian's Craft

Approaching London's Past

American History from Columbus to Cold War

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Literature and History

Historical Controversies

The Historian @ Work

Optional Modules

The Literary Renaissance

Romantic Literature

American Literature: 1865-1915

Writing Multicultural Britain

Genre in Context

Literature, Gender and Sexuality

Modernist and Post-war Literature

Children’s Literature in Context

Victorian Literature

Literature and Media

Continental Connections

The American Century

African American Freedom Struggles since 1945

Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World

Race and Empire Genocide in Europe

London: History, Art, and Society

Sex, Lies and Cheap Print: Britain, 1660-1714

Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1850-1920

British Society in War and Peace, 1880-1950

Study Trip to Berlin

Germany, 1871-1945: Empire Republic and Third Reich Afterlives: Ancient Gods and Heroes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

The Soviet Experiment, 1905-1945

Distant Mirrors: Conquerors and Bureaucrats in Britain and China, 960-1066

Cold War Internationalisms, 1945-1989 The First World War: 100 Years On

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

Writing the Nation

English Literature and History Dissertation

Optional Modules

Early Modern Gender

Modern American Literature

Diaspora Voices: South Asian and Caribbean Literature

Literature on Screen

Victorian Literature and Culture

Shakespeare: Page & Stage

Literature and the Culture of Print

Contemporary Literature

Perspectives on Children’s Literature

Global Health in Africa from Empire to Ebola

The Vietnam War

Henry VIII: Religion, Politics, and Tyranny

The Irish Diaspora 1750-1939

Living & Dying Under the Third Reich

Radicalism in the English Revolution, 1640- 1653

Histories of Childhood in Europe, 1850-1945

Medicine and the Politics of Health from Cholera to the NHS

Magic and Politics, 1550-1700

The Cold War at Home: Soviet Society after 1945

Treason in the Age of Ideologies

Prosperity and Violence in the Age of the Vikings, 870-1030

Violence in Eastern Africa, 1880s-present dayafter 1945

The Limitation Game: Intelligence in International Perspective, 1899-1941

Compulsory and Required modules

Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules

Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
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) £12,875 Overseas Fees