Course Overview

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    01 Jan 0001

In a media dominated culture, you are never far away from a story. Combining English literature and contemporary media, this course will show you how our society uses narratives from the 18th century to the modern day to make sense of itself and the wider world.

Studying English and media alongside one another will give you a thorough knowledge of how to research, critique and present information, from a gothic novel to a Guardian blog. Exploring the social and historical backgrounds to Shakespeare's plays, Victorian novels, and contemporary literature will also give you an insight into how today's media portray gender, race and class.

You'll look at how individuals use new media to form identities and create stories about themselves, and through creative writing you will develop an understanding of what it takes to communicate to different audiences. By undertaking your own audience survey, you'll learn how to carry out consumer research, an ability that will serve you well in your studies and a variety of careers.

You will graduate with a sound theoretical knowledge of these two complementary subjects.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 38% of our research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent in the Communication, Culture and Media Studies, Library and Information Management unit.

You'll develop research expertise, learning how to communicate information to different audiences, and hone your creative writing - skills that are invaluable in many careers.

You will create your own media project, working with current industry professionals such as TV producers, camera operators, web developers and journalists. You'll be joining a course that helps you create a network of contacts from day one. As well as having connections with media professionals, we recognise the value of keeping in touch with our graduates who we invite back to give informal talks on their careers.

You'll be taught by staff who have links with local media institutions, and several of them have published academic books in the subjects of English literature and media studies.

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