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English Literature and Philosophy with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

University of Roehampton

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-23

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

From the Ancient Greeks and Romantic poets to contemporary writers, philosophy and literature frequently overlap. Philosophers often develop their ideas through literary methods, and literary writers often explore serious philosophical concepts. This course in English Literature and Philosophy will allow you to consider the important and universal questions common to both subjects and reach a deeper understanding of yourself and your intellectual and cultural landscape. You will learn to think logically and express yourself clearly, to sympathetically analyse a wide range of viewpoints across contexts and to read texts critically and creatively. As a result, you will develop the skills to become a careful and analytical reader, a rigorous and independent researcher, and a clear and creative and writer. Each year, you will take one compulsory module which provides clear connections between literature and philosophy. In your first year, you will receive an introduction to philosophical and literary methods, an introduction to key concepts in both disciplines, and the opportunity to apply these to contemporary works of literature and film. In the second and third year, you will develop a more detailed understanding of the relationship between the two subjects, as well as being able to choose options from both the English Literature and Philosophy degree programmes, tailoring your degree to your own interests. Both subject areas specialise in the history of literature and philosophy, and in contemporary issues including feminism, gender, politics, and environmentalism. You will graduate with highly employable skills, able to read and analyse difficult texts, write effectively and persuasively and be able to work in a team. You will benefit from being taught by staff with diverse research areas, who apply their research directly to their teaching. You will receive face-to-face teaching through seminars and lectures, and you will participate in online forums as part of your assessment. Schedule by year of studyYear one Receive an introduction to the key fundamentals of philosophy as a discipline, as well as its application to contemporary social and ethical problems. Immerse yourself in a wide range of classical and modern literature, and explore London through texts ranging from Dickens’s Night Walks to Zadie Smith’s Develop a range of techniques enabling you to critically evaluate source material, construct and analyse philosophical arguments, and present your own position with confidence and clarity. Year twoParticipate in the ‘Literature and Philosophy’ module, where you will explore the deep connections between the two disciplines. Deepen your understanding of Philosophy and English Literature systematically, with a range of modules exploring detailed theoretical, historical, and ethical concepts in each subject. Tailor your degree with a diverse selection of optional modules, that range from Continental Philosophy and Metaphysics, to Romantic Literature and Writing Multicultural Britain. Year threeHone your skills of analysis and argument by choosing from a range of advanced modules, from contemporary political philosophy and Marxism to Early Modern Gender and Shakespeare. Participate in cutting-edge modules led by your lecturers’ research specialisms in areas such as Animal Rights, Environmental Ethics, and Contemporary Dystopian Literature. Undertake a dual-supervised English and Philosophy dissertation, allowing you to pursue your own research interests and develop your independent research and critical analysis skills.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 13,145per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Roehampton

  • University League Table

    78th

  • Campus address

    University of Roehampton, Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, SW15 5PU, England

The University of Roehampton offers the best of both worlds: an inspiring campus experience set in the heart of south-west London.
A wide range of accommodation options, all located on campus. A place is guaranteed, providing students have accepted an offer and apply by the deadline.
Excellent resources include an award-winning library, modern teaching facilities, and health and wellbeing support services.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 55 17

    48th out of 100 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    100 48%

    47th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%

    17th

    23
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%

    24th

    9
  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    114 55%

    63rd

    18
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%

    70th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    29th

    20

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