English Language with Creative Writing BA(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
You have a passion for your language. You have a flair for expressing yourself in words, and you want to take this further, to make your talent work for you. This course gives you the chance to study the English language, and to apply what you learn to your own creativity, with expert support from staff who are actively engaged in writing and publishing.
Your first year will be an exciting exploration of English language and creative writing. At the end of the year you have the flexibility to choose your preferred speciality for the rest of your degree.
Your tutors are active in their own specialist areas of publishing and writing and recognised by the Higher Education Academy. You can be confident your studies are led by experts with flair and enthusiasm, renowned nationally for their excellence in teaching.
As leading researchers in their fields of expertise, your tutors are published authors, award-winners and acclaimed thinkers, 75% of whose work submitted for the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was rated ‘internationally significant' or ‘world leading'.
In the National Student Satisfaction Survey 2016, English scored 92% for overall student satisfaction, ranking us the best in Yorkshire.
Your learning will extend beyond the boundaries of the classroom; with events such as the Huddersfield Literature Festival, exciting concepts like graphic recording, poetry karaoke and occasional visits (e.g. to the British Library to see the History of English Exhibition in 2011), the use of electronic resources and the constant use of examples from everyday life.
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Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.
Approaches to Language Study
This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.
Introduction to Stylistics
This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.
Writing and Thinking Creatively
This module aims to clarify the principles of good writing and to encourage you to reflect upon and improve you own abilities. It will also cover a variety of related academic skills. Topics covered in the module include: phrasing for clear meaning; building sentences that work; selecting an appropriate tone and register; structuring paragraphs logically; developing your style; organising ideas; planning a first draft; revising and editing; proofreading.
The ABC of Creative Writing
This module introduces you to the principle craft techniques and methods in producing creative work in specified forms and conventions. You'll be given stimulus material for writing, be encouraged to participate in creative group work and to develop skills in re-writing. The workshops and seminars will include wide reading, discussion of established forms and conventions in the writing of poems and short fiction, and also work with stimulus material. The assessments for this module are entirely coursework assessments.
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Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Intercultural Communication provides an overview of the main concepts, methodologies and data types of the field of intercultural communication and interpersonal pragmatics in a broader sense. By analysing real-life interactions, you'll study key topics such as relationality, culturally situated language use, misunderstandings, rituals, ideologies and politeness.
Introduction to Contrastive Linguistics
This module will give you an introduction to contrasting English with another language of your choice, for the purpose of learning more about language structure in general. You'll be asked to compare the given languages at the pragmatic, lexical, semantic, morpho-syntactic and phonological levels. The close examination of difference and universality aims to give you a foundation in key aspects of cross-linguistic study, and skills which are transferrable to language learning, teaching and translation.
History of English
This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.
This module focuses on how the kind of language we use can vary according to such factors as our geographical or social background, the formality or informality of the speech situation and the purpose of the speech event. You'll have the opportunity to consider how the identity of speakers is represented by the way in which they use language. In addition, you'll have the chance to examine the roles that different languages play in different societies, with an emphasis on English in the 21st Century.
Language in the Workplace
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a work placement or a work-related activity within a language and/or intercultural context. You’ll be asked to present work for assessment in the form of documentation associated with the placement or activity, a written log evaluation of the process, experience and outcomes, and an oral presentation on related issues and career planning.
Writing Beyond the Page
This module pays close attention to issues which influence what writers write and how they write it. It explores a range of techniques for writing for specific contexts and critically evaluates how contemporary writers respond to socio-political and aesthetic issues through irony, satire, parody and allegory. It also considers how literary writers can employ techniques such as performance poetry, the satirical sketch and dramatic monologue to create character, create dramatic tension and energy, free up creativity and overcome writer’s block. You'll be introduced to a number of issue-based literary and dramatic texts and will be given guided opportunities to develop your own form of expression.
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Communication across Cultures
Communication across Cultures provides introduction to culture-specific interactional norms, by comparing linguistic behaviour in a range of target cultures. This module puts strong emphasis on cross-cultural rather than intercultural issues, giving you a wide comparative overview of interactional norms across cultures, with the aim of boosting your practical competence in interpreting cross-cultural differences in terms of language behaviour.
This module focuses on informal conversation. Fundamental features of this variety will be explored, including the turn-taking system, turn construction units, storytelling, overlap, repair and preference. Discussion will include consideration of approaches to the study of language, and the relationship between language and society as a result of studying conversation analytic findings.
This module focuses on the linguistic analysis of style in language. It aims to improve your skills in text analysis through the introduction of a range of cutting-edge theories, frameworks and methods for literary and non-literary stylistic analysis. You'll have the opportunity to explore the relationship between form and function in language by analysing a wide range of texts and investigating such issues as text style, genre style and authorial style.
Corpus linguistics focuses on the techniques of computational corpus-based language study. The module concentrates on the analysis of electronic linguistic corpora using corpus linguistics software packages such as AntConc and WMatrix. Corpus linguistics methodologies are used to illuminate such areas of linguistics as grammar, lexicography and stylistics. Additionally, you'll have the chance to examine how to build, store and exploit your own corpora for linguistic analysis.
After considering the scope of pragmatics (language use) and its place in the study of language and communication, this module covers its major conceptual foundations (speech act theory, deixis, presupposition, implicature, relevance theory, context) and then proceeds to introduce its major developments and applications (the pragmatic perspective on conversational structure; interpersonal pragmatics, intercultural pragmatics; discursive pragmatics; metapragmatics.)
This module introduces you to the history and practice of field linguistics and helps you to acquire the skills needed for successful description of unfamiliar languages. Imagine you are the first literate person to contact an isolated village of speakers of a previously undiscovered language. Your group will have the opportunity to work with one speaker of a language unknown to you, to discover some of the regularities of sounds and structures that make up this language.
Phonetics and Phonology
This module develops your skills in the phonetic and phonological approach to language analysis. It will build upon your knowledge from Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, while introducing new levels of phonetic and phonological analysis. This module will cover the basics of acoustic analysis of speech, commonly used phonological notation, and the position of phonology within linguistics. You will be introduced to a new piece of software to conduct acoustic analysis of speech and also be provided the tools to analyse and describe sound alternations in different languages.
The aim of this module is to develop the tools of syntactic analysis and description that you began to acquire in 'Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics'. You will be introduced to a more formal syntactic framework, specifically Minimalist Generative Syntax, which will be contrasted with other generative and non-generative approaches. You will be introduced to the theoretical motivations behind Minimalism and apply the theoretical apparatus to solve syntactic problems. This will provide a more nuanced understanding of the grammatical features of language, how languages differ and how grammatical relationships are realised.
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Writing Short Stories
This module explores the key aspects of writing short fiction. It will help you to experiment with form and expression in story writing and to be constructively critical of your work. You'll be introduced to a number of types of short story and encouraged to develop your own story ideas. You'll be encouraged to read widely in the short story form. The module covers such areas as narrative modes, characterisation, innovative ways of building plot organically, dialogue and creative editing skills.
The Art of Poetry
You will develop knowledge, understanding and expertise in the art and craft of poetry by studying a representative range of contemporary, modern and pre-Twentieth century poetry. You will discover how formal, technical and stylistic elements are used in different contexts to enable, effect and complement intention, theme and content. You will apply this knowledge by writing in a variety of forms and deploying a range of techniques, your practice being informed by the exemplars you have studied. You will demonstrate theoretical as well as practical learning by critically commenting on your own and others’ work in the light of your study of poetry, technique and form.
Dissertation In English Language and Linguistics
You'll be asked to produce an extended piece of work supervised individually by a member of staff. There will be a regular schedule of supervisions and you'll be asked to submit evidence of your progress (outlines, drafts, etc.) at regular intervals. The skills workshops will focus on raising your awareness of research practices, and developing your organisational and self-management skills.
Creative Writing Project
This module aims to support you in the production of a portfolio of original work in a category to be negotiated with the tutor. The production of a self-reflective commentary on the creative process is integral to the project. You'll be asked to provide a project proposal outlining the content of your project. Regular tutorials will be available to help you manage your time and offer constructive feedback to help with rewriting and drafting of creative work. It is recognised that a single piece of creative work may not be appropriate for all students, so a portfolio may contain a mixture of poetry and prose or other kinds of creative writing.
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Relations Across Cultures
The module studies a wide range of interpersonal pragmatic practices, focusing on how relationships are co-constructed in interaction. Instead of approaching interpersonal relations as stand-alone phenomena, the module provides an analytic view to encourage you to capture these practices in a single framework, by approaching them as social actions situated in time and space.
Translation in Practice
This module introduces you to the translation theory and provides the instruction and setting for translation practice. You'll have the opportunity to explore translation history and the emergence of translation studies, the current problems and issues in the field. You'll be supported to apply these theoretical concepts to texts, evaluating the difficulties and problems faced in the translation process. You'll be encouraged to examine the tools to overcome difficulties and the vocabulary to describe and criticise translations. You'll also have the chance to explore the practicalities of the translation business, from seeking work to using technologies available.
This module allows you to explore current issues and practices in a number of aspects of audiovisual translation (AVT), including subtitling, audio description and dubbing for TV and film drama. The module aims to develop your understanding of the effects of decisions made in the process of audiovisual translation, and to use linguistic insights to improve professional practice in this area. You'll have the opportunity to explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of audiovisual translation and gain knowledge of the industry.
Language of Humour
This module focuses on how the kind of language we use can vary according to such factors as the geographical or social background of the speaker, the formality or informality of the speech situation and the purpose of the speech event. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to consider how the identity of speakers is represented by the way in which they use language, and how speakers interact with others in order to achieve particular conversational goals.
This module explores bilingualism and multilingualism, describing the phenomena and learning how they are acquired, practised and lost in speakers. You'll have the chance to explore the social contexts surrounding multilingualism, such as education and community, as well as social attitudes towards multilingualism.
Language and Power
You'll have the opportunity to explore issues relating to language and power and how to apply the techniques of critical linguistics to example texts ranging from casual conversation to political speechmaking. Techniques you’ll have the chance to study include the analysis of naming, transitivity, modality, speech and thought representation, presupposition, opposition, negation and deixis. You'll also be encouraged to read and discuss extracts of the seminal work in this field.
Child Language Acquisition
This module provides an introduction into the way in which children acquire language. Along with overviewing some general issues such as the acquisition of vocabulary and grammar, the module explores the procedure of acquiring social skills through language learning. This ‘socialisation’ process spans expression of one’s emotions via language, through the proper use of conventional language, to distinguishing between the norm of language use in group and individual settings. The module aims to train you to collect and critically analyse language data produced by children.
Face and Politeness
This module is about how people get on – or don’t get on – with each other. It explores why people say the things they say and do the things they do, the effects of these actions on their feelings and sense of self, and how they evaluate what people say and do as polite or rude, friendly or unfriendly, acceptable or unacceptable.
Forensic Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics
This module provides an introduction to forensics as it is applied to both speech (Forensic Phonetics) and text (Forensic Linguistics). On this module you will learn about the roles speech and text play as evidence in the courtroom as well as for criminal investigations. You will be introduced to a range of topics from both forensic phonetics and forensic linguistics that will enable you to situate the use of language in the real world and to analyse speech and written language from a forensic perspective. The topics introduced through this module will be supported by lectures and hands-on lab work.
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Experiments in Narrative
This module is intended to explore the boundaries of genre: the hazy area between fiction and non-fiction; innovative practice that brings poetry and fiction together; writing that incorporates text and image; hypertext and new media writing and writing that situates itself in relation to other art forms. Through study of exemplary texts, you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of experimental narrative possibilities which you could consider applying to your own writing practice. In term one, discussion in workshops of exemplary material will help provide you with ideas for development in term two. You'll be asked to produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate different approaches to innovative writing. A self-reflective commentary on intentions and the creative process will also be requested to accompany the portfolio.
Liberating Poetic Chaos
W.B. Yeats once commented to Ezra Pound that the work of a ‘minor poet’ failed to engage because it ‘lacked chaos’. By this Yeats seems to have meant that the poet, although technically competent, had failed to develop an utterance that was an authentic expression of his inner life and being. Liberating Poetic Chaos aims to enhance your poetic practice by enabling you to encounter this affective dimension of creativity that Yeats alludes to — and to consciously deploy the fruits of that encounter in your own poetic work. Informed by case studies of exemplary texts and poets, you will identify and explore the conjunction of objective and subjective factors in your own life which combine to form your unique ‘chaos’ — the source of your creativity. In doing so, you will take the first steps on the road to finding your own distinctive voice — and developing vision and ambition in your work. You will undertake a range of analytical and writing activities and write a portfolio of poems that constitutes a distinctive expression of your developing chaos.
At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
As part of the compulsory second year ‘Language in the Workplace' module you will also have the chance to gain valuable experience spending 6 weeks in a work placement or work related activity. The module shows you how the language skills you aim to develop through your course can be applied to communication in the workplace. Some of our students have gained real-world experience in various teaching environments, in publishing houses and in marketing roles. Previous placement providers have included Pen and Sword Books, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Lotherton Hall, Rochdale Law Centre and a range of primary and secondary schools.
The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Athens, Ghent, Granada, Hanover, Paris and the USA.
80% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating. The course aims to help you develop advanced skills in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. These are skills widely valued by potential employers.
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within publishing, broadcasting, teaching, writing, advertising, management, politics and local government. A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC, Zurich Financial Services, Brighouse Echo, Ernst and Young*. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at postgraduate level. *Source: Linked-In.
Teaching and assessment
11.7% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures and seminars etc. This is supported by opportunities for individual consultation with staff. You are encouraged to participate in group work and presentations. Assessment includes essays, textual analyses, formal examinations and group presentation.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the tuition fee for UK and EU students at the University of Huddersfield will be £9,250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
If you decide to apply for a course that includes a work placement, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check may be required to enable you to undertake that placement in settings with children (e.g. within a School). Should the organisation you are going to be working in require one to be undertaken, the School will support you to apply for a check. Please note that there is a charge for the DBS check which is approximately £44.
Writing in Practice The University hosts the annual Huddersfield Literature Festival, which supports and showcases established and emerging writers and you are encouraged to participate, either by contributing, or by helping out with its organisation.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
You may be interested in studying: Business English and Intercultural Communication MA English Language and Applied Linguistics MA English Language and Applied Linguistics MA(Distance Learning) Intercultural Communication MA Communication Cultural and Media Studies (MA by Research) English Language and Literature (MA by Research)
If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.5 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
How to apply
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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.
English is a thriving subject area with a strong research culture in language, linguistics, literature and creative writing that is internationally recognised and of a high collaborative standard. There are currently two research groups in English: the Centre for Intercultural Politeness Research and the Stylistics Research Centre. Current individual staff research projects also include: Grist: The Anthology of New Writing and The Anne Clifford Project.
For more information, see the Research section of our website.
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