Literature and Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q32P
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What is special about this course?

Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.

This course covers:

  • Literature: using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explores literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history.

  • Politics: how political structures and ideologies shapes our lives and are organised differently around the world.

Special features

  • Study literature and politics in an international context
  • Learn from research-active staff in both disciplines
  • Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
     

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • These qualifications should normally be achieved in one sitting. At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two.

Year 1 - CertHE

You will study the following core modules:

Literature

  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Literary theory: history and practice

Politics

  • Introduction to politics Or Ideas and ideologies in politics
  • The evolving politics of the British Isles

Plus two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study two literature modules, which may include:

  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Heroic Literature: Epic from Classical to Contemporary
  • Male Ideals and Female Desires in Medieval Poetry
  • Theatrical Powerplay: Classical and Modern Tragedy

Plus two core politics modules:

  • History of political ideas
  • Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.

Year 3 - BA

You will study three core politics module: 

  • Advanced social research methods, plus two from the following
  • Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
  • European politics
  • Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
  • British military history in the 20th Century
  • Wars in the promised land
  • Political sociology (subject to numbers)

You will also choose three literature option modules, which may include:

  • Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644–1746
  • Imagining new worlds: Renaissance literature and thought
  • Psychogeography and the city
  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
  • Children's literature
  • Modern times: popular culture and modernism

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation in literature or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature modules may include:

  • Pushing boundaries
  • Avant-grade literature
  • Past and present: historiography
  • Postmodernism

Politics modules may include:

  • Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
  • Political theory
  • Terrorism and unconventional warfare
  • Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2017-18*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2017-18
    Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £8,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2016-17 and 2017-18)

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year*** £5,250
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)*** £1,750

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Literature and Politics, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Primary and Secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
  • Journalism and the media
  • Tourism
  • Museums and archives
  • Research

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature and Politics to the following postgraduate courses:

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Apply for Literature and Politics BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2018 or Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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