BA Culture, Literature and Politics
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This degree, taught jointly with UEA's world-renowned teachers of English literature, allows you to combine the study of literature with the study of its social and political context. Literature and contemporary culture are not, and have never been, merely sources of entertainment and decoration. From Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie, literature has played a powerful part within society. It has been censored and sponsored, used as propaganda and for protest. This programme gives you the opportunity to study in detail and in depth the ways in which society and its forms of expression are linked. Drawing from a wide range of optional modules in both Politics and English you will be able to explor…
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This degree, taught jointly with UEA's world-renowned teachers of English literature, allows you to combine the study of literature with the study of its social and political context. Literature and contemporary culture are not, and have never been, merely sources of entertainment and decoration. From Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie, literature has played a powerful part within society. It has been censored and sponsored, used as propaganda and for protest. This programme gives you the opportunity to study in detail and in depth the ways in which society and its forms of expression are linked. Drawing from a wide range of optional modules in both Politics and English you will be able to explore questions such as: How are political events and tensions reflected in literary texts and influenced by literary developments? How do literature and culture influence or underpin the political world?
Not only do such degrees provide you with specialist knowledge of the subject areas, but they also provide skills – the ability to analyse and evaluate, to summarise and synthesise – that will equip you for a variety of careers and professions.
The University of East Anglia has an international reputation for its teaching and research in literature and contemporary culture. This new degree programme is distinctive in that it allows you to link the study of society with the study of the arts. It gives you the chance to analyse culture in terms of its context, and society in terms of its representations. You divide your time between literature (1/3) and the social sciences (2/3).
As with all the degrees at UEA, an element of student choice and flexibility is combined with a structured programme of study. Among the individual units that you may be able to take are: Consumer Cultures , Culture and Society, Modernist Fiction, Critiques of Culture, Literary Theory and Practice, Literature and Film as Philosophy, Politics and Mass Media, Constructing the News, European Media and the EU, Media and Cultural Theory, Politics of the USA, and many more.PSI Graduate comments: Emily Harmer – BA Culture, Literature and Politics
"I spent my three years in PSI studying for a BA Culture, Literature and Politics, in which I had the opportunity to study an extremely varied programme of study, in conjunction with the school of LIT. I enjoyed my course very much because it allowed me to combine different elements from literature, sociology and politics. There was a lot of choice in the areas of study which meant that I was able to pursue my own interest. I liked the way in which the individual units were structured differently, so that there was an opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that would be useful for most graduates in the future, for example, the use of presentations, research reports, as well as essay writing. I found the participation in seminars very useful not merely to clarify anything that I was unsure of but also because it allowed me to develop my confidence so that I am now able to engage in debate with a wide range of people that I might not have felt comfortable talking to before. This was all made possible by the friendly and approachable faculty members who clearly care about the students. I also like the way that the variety of units made if possible to engage with students that were studying a wide range of disciplines, which meant that I was offered a whole new perspective on certain things."
Course Organiser:Dr. Marina Prentoulis
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We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
- PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO
Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation
courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English
skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.Gap Year
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.Deferred Entry
We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.Special Entry Requirements
As part of the A level entry requirements, you should have at least a grade B in A level English Literature.Intakes
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.Alternative Qualifications
If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above, then please contact university directly for further information.GCSE Offer
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.Assessment
For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference.
We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.
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The School of Political Social and International Studies (PSI) specialises in teaching and research in politics, international relations, media and culture.
We offer a wide range of courses that allow you to explore the politics of different countries and regions – for example, Russia, South-east Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia and, of course, the United Kingdom. You can learn about the key power-holders, about how parties compete to influence the public and how policies are made. Some of our students experience life in the lobby at first hand through the parliamentary internship scheme.
In the international arena there are modules dealing with security, terrorism, American foreign policy, fundamentalism, environmental issues and international players such as the United Nations. A module on the history of world politics since 1945 helps you understand how we arrived at 21st-century global patterns of power.
We offer a distinctive range of degrees specialising in media, culture and politics where topics covered may include mass media, political blogs, popular culture, new media, political marketing and 'practical media’, which enables students to make their own news documentary.
All our degrees give you opportunities to take modules from other UEA Schools which are selected to fit in with our degree programmes. Each degree includes the option of a 'free choice’ module taken from another School.UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students
Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found hereUniversity Fees and Financial Support: International Students
The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of Political, Social and International Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.
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