English Literature and Archaeology (BA)

The Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Archaeology provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

The Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Archaeology provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects. Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences in the two subjects.

English Literature at Cardiff offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word: we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.

Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. Archaeology at Cardiff concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt. You will learn with staff who undertake new research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from our bespoke teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts.

Key facts

UCAS CodeQV34
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration3 years
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available. The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications. The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB including an A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. General Studies is not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer35 points. 6 points required from English at Higher Level and 6 points from one other subject at Higher Level.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

English, Archaeology

Admissions tutor(s)

Professor Martin Coyle, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Birt, Course Administrator

Dr Andrew Cochrane, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published in July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

The BA in English Literature and Archaeology aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of both disciplines, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.

We deliver a degree offering a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study English Literature or Archaeology at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter a range of professions.

Year one

In Year One you will take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in Archaeology.

Year two

In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Archaeology and 60 credits of English Literature.

You will undertake 4 weeks of excavation or another archaeological work placement. You will be able to choose from a large range of period, regional and skills modules.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Archaeology Fieldwork 1HS234110 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Fiction of The Indian SubcontinentSE228320 credits
Creative Writing ISE241720 credits
The History of Archaeological ThoughtHS235020 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS241410 credits
Reading Old EnglishSE244120 credits
Shakespeare and Renaissance DramaSE244220 credits
Elizabethan ShakespeareSE244320 credits
Modernist FictionsSE244520 credits
Modern Welsh Writing in EnglishSE244820 credits
Twentieth-Century Crime FictionSE245520 credits
Introduction to Romantic PoetrySE245020 credits
Surveying and ProspectionHS231410 credits
Modernism and the CitySE246320 credits
The Post-1945 American NovelSE256620 credits
Imaginary Journeys: More to HuxleySE245720 credits
Introduction to Visual CultureSE246120 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS242910 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS240710 credits
Museums Collections ManagementHS242120 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS243010 credits
African-American LiteratureSE245120 credits
Contemporary Women's WritingSE244620 credits
History of EnglishSE139820 credits
Children's Literature: Form & FunctionSE244720 credits
The Robin Hood TraditionSE236720 credits
Fictive Histories/Historical FictionsSE246720 credits
Gothic Fiction: The Romantic AgeSE246820 credits
Romanticism, Politics, AestheticsSE246920 credits
Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form 1920-1940SE247020 credits
Ways of ReadingSE244920 credits
Later Bronze Age BritainHS230510 credits
Iron Age BritainHS230620 credits
Early Anglo-Saxon EnglandHS230710 credits
Middle and Later Saxon EnglandHS230910 credits
Neolithic EuropeHS231120 credits
Death and Burial in the Roman WorldHS430820 credits
Independent Science ProjectHS243420 credits
Archaeology Independent StudyHS243320 credits
BioarchaeologyHS243220 credits
Ceramics in ArchaeologyHS243120 credits
Structure & Decay of Organic MaterialsHS231910 credits
Analysis of ArtefactsHS232010 credits
Practical Projects 1HS233040 credits
Practical Projects 2HS233140 credits
Organic Objects: Decay & ConservationHS233520 credits
Post-Roman Celtic BritainHS234020 credits
Archaeology Fieldwork 2HS234310 credits
Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence To CollapseHS238720 credits
Art & Archaeology of Classical GreeceHS238920 credits
Conservation of Wet Archaeological WoodHS239210 credits
Pharaohs of The SunHS241020 credits
Introduction to Spatial Techniques and TechnologiesHS241810 credits
Geographic Information Systems for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241910 credits
Conservation Research ProjectHS242720 credits
Heritage CommunicationHS242820 credits
Representing the VictoriansSE246620 credits
Literature and ScienceSE247120 credits
Dickens in Many MediaSE247220 credits

Year three

In Year 3 you choose a further 60 credits of Archaeology and 60 credits of English Literature. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline This provides a chance for you to focus your interests on a particular area, period or technique.

You will undertake another 4 weeks of excavation or another archaeological work placement.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Archaeology Fieldwork 1HS234110 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Creative Writing III: Special TopicsSE237320 credits
HitchcockSE254420 credits
DissertationSE252420 credits
Nineteenth-Century Crime FictionSE239020 credits
Creative Writing II: Special TopicsSE237020 credits
Third Year Archaeology DissertationHS231220 credits
The History of Archaeological ThoughtHS235020 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS240710 credits
Archaeological PhotographyHS241410 credits
Surveying and ProspectionHS231410 credits
Writing Caribbean SlaverySE256820 credits
Gender & Monstrosity: Late/Neo VictorianSE256420 credits
Interwar Experiments: Sex, Gender, StyleSE258420 credits
Middle English Romance: Monsters and MagicSE258620 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS242910 credits
Museums Collections ManagementHS242120 credits
Archaeological IllustrationHS243010 credits
Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance LiteratureSE258320 credits
French TheorySE257020 credits
R. S. Thomas: No Truce with the FuriesSE257820 credits
Desire, the Body and the Text: Psychoanalysis & LiteratureSE258020 credits
Second-generation Romantic PoetsSE258220 credits
Utopia: Suffrage to CyberpunkSE258120 credits
Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsex'd Females: Women in public life, 1770 - 1800SE258820 credits
Later Bronze Age BritainHS230510 credits
Iron Age BritainHS230620 credits
Early Anglo-Saxon EnglandHS230710 credits
Middle and Later Saxon EnglandHS230910 credits
Neolithic EuropeHS231120 credits
Structure & Decay of Organic MaterialsHS231910 credits
Analysis of ArtefactsHS232010 credits
Practical Projects 1HS233040 credits
Practical Projects 2HS233140 credits
Organic Objects: Decay & ConservationHS233520 credits
Post-Roman Celtic BritainHS234020 credits
Archaeology Fieldwork 2HS234310 credits
Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence To CollapseHS238720 credits
Art & Archaeology of Classical GreeceHS238920 credits
Conservation of Wet Archaeological WoodHS239210 credits
Archaeological Science DissertationHS240420 credits
Pharaohs of The SunHS241020 credits
Introduction to Spatial Techniques and TechnologiesHS241810 credits
Geographic Information Systems for Archaeologists and Ancient HistoriansHS241910 credits
Conservation Research ProjectHS242720 credits
Archaeology Independent StudyHS243320 credits
Heritage CommunicationHS242820 credits
Independent Science ProjectHS243420 credits
Ceramics in ArchaeologyHS243120 credits
Archaeological Science DissertationHS243640 credits
Death and Burial in the Roman WorldHS430820 credits
BioarchaeologyHS243220 credits
Archaeology DissertationHS243540 credits
Gothic Fiction: The VictoriansSE258920 credits
Modern British Political DramaSE259020 credits
Norse Myth and SagaSE256020 credits
Canterbury Tales: Genre, History, InterpretationSE257920 credits
Four English Poets of the Twentieth CenturySE259120 credits
Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary ManuscriptsSE259220 credits
Postcolonial TheorySE259320 credits
Shakespeare's Late PlaysSE259420 credits
The Graphic MemoirSE140920 credits
Medical FictionsSE259620 credits
Visions of Past and Future in Children's LiteratureSE259520 credits
Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth CenturySE259720 credits
Greek WarfareHS436620 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

We have a supportive learning environment, where students are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

Our programmes foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory, and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. 

We also help you gain experience in team-working, independent research, and time management.Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. 

A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, and creative assignments.

School of English, Communication and Philosophy
In 2013/14, 91% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

You will undertake another 4 weeks of archaeological excavation or another archaeological work placement at the end of your second and third years. Placements are arranged, approved, funded and assessed by Archaeology.

Duration

3 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

Places available

Typical places available

Please contact School

Applications received

Typical applications received

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Accreditations

QAA subject benchmark

QAA subject benchmark

English, Archaeology

Overview and aims of this course/programme

The BA in English Literature and Archaeology (Joint Honour) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of all periods of literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century and from many different parts of the world with the study of the human past through its material remains.  Students divide their modules equally between English Literature and Archaeology, with a third subject in the first year which may be chosen from a range of subjects including English Literature II, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, History or Ancient History.

In English Literature, the first year is a foundation year designed to equip you with the skills for advanced study and to give you an overview of the subject that will enable you to make informed choices from the modules available in Year 2 and the Final Year.  In Year 2 you select from a range of period-, genre- or theme-based modules in which you will build on the foundation year, reading a variety of texts in their historical and cultural contexts. In Final Year there is a range of more specialised modules in which you will pursue interests developed in the previous two years and engage with current issues in research and scholarship, enabling you further to develop analytical and presentational skills that employers will value, as well as equipping you for postgraduate study. The focus throughout the degree is on becoming a careful, attentive, and informed reader, sensitive to the nuances of language and style and able to articulate your responses to texts in writing which is precise, stylish, and effective.

Archaeology provides a unique perspective as the only subject, which deals all the temporal and spatial dimensions of the human past.  Defined as the study of human past through its material remains it includes a very broad range of evidence including landscapes, buildings and monuments; buried material such as artefacts, biological remains, and structures; and written sources.  Archaeology can range chronologically from the earliest hominids circa five million years ago to the present day and geographically across the entire inhabited world.

What should I know about year five?

As a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing and engaged academically by regularly attending lectures, laboratory classes, seminars, fieldtrips, fieldwork and tutorials.

A 20 credit module will normally comprise a minimum of 200 study hours and a 10 credit module will normally comprise of a minimum of 100 study hours.This will include contact hours with staff  (lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials) making up approximately 30 hours per 20 credit module, with the remainder of the time spent on self-directed learning for that module (reading, preparation for seminars, research, reflection, formative writing, assessment work and exam revision).  Examinations and assessed work are marked on the assumption that you have fulfilled these requirements.  There are also additional seminars and workshops that students are able to attend.

What this means in practice, is that during each semester a student in full-time education is expected to spend the equivalent of 35-40 hours per week on their studies. It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:

·         It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.

·         Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.

·         Laboratory courses provide an overview of theory, application, and hands-on experience in both archaeological and scientific techniques

·         Your field trips and fieldwork training introduce you to vital aspect of archaeology which enables archaeologists to develop their understanding of past societies at a detailed level.  As well as teaching, important employability skills are developed - such as teamwork, task management, documentation, problem solving, health and safety awareness, report writing, quantitative data handling and perseverance in carrying out sustained physical and mental work.

·         All forms of classes will help you to prepare for your assessed work

·         Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.

Attendance at lectures, laboratory classes, seminars, field trips, fieldwork and tutorials is compulsory.  Therefore, if you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or departmental administrator in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in student handbooks and the Academic Regulations Handbook.

The departments expect that students will:

·         attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)

·         prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes, field trips and fieldwork

·         avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)

·         take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance  monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given

·         show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment

·         manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments

·         complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given

·         take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments

·         ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking

·         read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action

·         regularly access their University e-mail account

·         ask members of staff before using their names as referee.

Students are expected  to adhere  to the Cardiff University policy of  Dignity at Work and Study,  which can be found here:  http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/govrn/cocom/equalityanddiversity/dignityatwork/index.html

How is this course/programme structured?

BA English Literature and Archaeology is a three-year degree programme.  Students progress from more general modules in the first year to more specialised modules in the second and third years.

Year One students study:

  • 40 credits of Archaeology modules;
  • 40 credits of English modules;
  • 40 credits in another Humanities subject.

Year Two students study:

  • 60 credits of modules in Archaeology, including a core Fieldwork module;
  • 60 credits of modules in English Literature.

Year Three students study:

  • 60 credits of modules in Archaeology, including a core Fieldwork module;
  • 60 credits of modules in English Literature.

Students may opt to write a dissertation on a topic of their choice in either subject.

Students must pass each academic year before being allowed to proceed.

What should I know about year four?

What the student should provide:
Suitable clothing (e.g. waterproofs and suitable footwear) and sometimes accommodation (e.g. tent and sleeping bag) for field trips and fieldwork.  The University has funds available for students experiencing financial difficulties in purchasing this equipment.

What the University will provide:

  • tools and  personal protective equipment for archaeological fieldwork
  • survey and remote sensing equipment for archaeological fieldwork including total stations, survey and navigation grade GPS systems and resistivity and magnetometer geophysics systems.
  • departmental minibus for field trips and field work. 
  • range of teaching and research archaeological and conservation science laboratories
  • state-of-the art conservation laboratories, one environmental laboratory, osteoarchaeology and materials analysis laboratories, sample preparation laboratory, environmental chambers, a kiln, analytical equipment including a microscopy suite, oxygen meters, a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer, Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, X-ray Diffraction and portable XRF.
  • dedicated computing suite for teaching and learning with 24 networked computers including Geographical Information Systems for spatial analysis.
  • digital photographic and visual evidence studio equipped with Nikon and Pentax cameras with processing facilities for the production, manipulation and storage of conventional and digital photographs and other visual records (e.g.  Adode Creative Suite) including high quality printing and plotting facilities.

What should I know about year three?

Many of the learning outcomes listed above involve practising skills that are transferable to numerous areas of employment. In addition, students who engage with the programme will practise and develop the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with others.
  • Think analytically about problems.
  • Take responsibility for their own learning programme and professional development.
  • Generate of coherent strategies and propositions in response to complex situations.
  • Structure and write reports of appropriate length on set questions and research topics.
  • Demonstrate the effective communication of ideas and arguments in oral and written presentations.
  • Demonstrate organised and efficient working practices – individually as well as in a team.
  • Access and utiliseinformation from a variety of resources, including libraries and the internet.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate employment of Information Technology e.g. word processing, spatial technologies (including GIS), visualization, data management, archaeological prospecting, modelling, social media, digital film and audio.
  • Demonstrate rigorous and professional practices: able to take initiatives and accept significant responsibility within organisations.
  • Also develop evidence based critical thinking skills on cpd via dedicated seminars

What should I know about the preliminary year?

English Literature

Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars, with all modules including seminar or small-group teaching. Each module presents the student with a set of intellectual challenges which have in common a concern with the question of how to read the literary (or other cultural) text and how to write about its significance and meanings. Teaching stresses the importance of the way texts interact with their contexts, and each module is designed to encourage you to focus on a number of specific texts and to prepare carefully a considered answer to specific topics dealt with in the module.

The learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but may include such activities as: interactive lectures, seminar discussions of prepared texts/topics, student presentations or group presentations, small-group work within seminars, translation classes, formative writing exercises, journal entries, and film showings. Students are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable them to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate.

Archaeology

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, private study, practicals with individual supervision of dissertations and fieldwork; the precise methods depend on the modules you are taking. Archaeology fieldwork includes one-day site visits as well as extensive periods of excavation, laboratory analyses or museum-based study in locations as close as Stonehenge and Orkney or as distant as Africa and the Middle East.

The optional Independent Second Year Study introduces students to research aims and methods, which are developed through the optional Dissertation.

What should I know about year one?

English Literature

Assessment:

All modules offer the opportunity to undertake formative work appropriate to the module. The form(s) of summative assessment for individual modules are set out in the relevant Module Description. Most modules are assessed by assessed essay and/or examination, but some include other forms of assessment such as journal entries, a portfolio, or presentations. The assessment strategy is structured to lead students from specimen question papers towards the production of an informed answer. Emphasis in assessment is placed on the writing of clear, persuasive and scholarly essays presented in a professional manner and submitted on time. Details of any academic or competence standards which may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments for disabled students are noted in the Module Descriptions.

In the final year of the degree students have the option of choosing to write a dissertation on a topic of particular interest to them.

Feedback:

Written feedback is provided on both formative and summative assessment and students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with module tutors in seminars and, where appropriate, on a one-to-one basis in office hours.

Archaeology

Assessment:

Modules are assessed by various methods, including coursework essays, written reports, source criticisms, examinations, class/laboratory tests, and oral presentations.  Practical archaeological skills are assessed through written coursework, class tests and fieldwork reports.

Alternative arrangements can be made for any students with disabilities for whom a full laboratory or fieldwork programme may present particular difficulties.

Feedback:

Students receive written feedback on all their coursework assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations and work done in classes and seminars. Feedback on assessed coursework may be supplemented by one-to-one tutorials. Individual or class feedback may be provided for exams. Students receive oral and written feedback from their supervisor on preparatory work and drafts for the Independent Study and Dissertation.

Other information

Every student is assigned a personal tutor  in both English Literature and in Archaeology with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and discuss any problems or circumstances that adversely affect your studies.  Students are expected to take responsibility for their own development.  You will be required to fill in a feedback form in which you reflect upon your own performance and put together a pro-active and on-going programme of improvement for each stage of your degree.

In addition, all staff have weekly office hours during teaching weeks and students may make appointments to see their personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis. Staff may also be contacted by email. Details of the office hours and email addresses of staff are provided in the Module Guide for each module and/or posted on their office doors.

Use of Learning Central, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, will vary from module to module as the module leader feels appropriate for the specific contents of the module but will normally at least include making lecture handouts available online.

Distinctive features

Students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Awareness of different literary periods, movements and genres and of the variety of English literature.
  • Understanding of the importance of historical and cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge of the critical issues and/or debates surrounding or raised by texts.
  • Understanding of the shaping effects of historical and cultural circumstances on the production and meaning of texts.
  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.
  • Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret material drawn from a diversity of literary periods.
  • Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to literary texts.
  • Knowledge of appropriate critical vocabulary and terminology.
  • Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the workings of language and literary styles.
  • demonstrate awareness of the diversity of historical, social and economic developments in selected periods of world prehistory and history, largely from the evidence of the archaeological record
  • demonstrate critical understanding of the development of archaeological thought and the main elements of modern archaeological theory
  • demonstrate familiarity with, and assess the reliability of, a wide variety of archaeological evidence
  • apply methodological expertise to the critical analysis of archaeological problems.
  • Awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.

How will I be taught?

None

Admissions tutors

Professor Martin Coyle, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Birt, Course Administrator

Dr Andrew Cochrane, Admissions Tutor


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