BA Hons (Full Time)
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Mr T Rai
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The student must take the following modules:
The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
PartII (Year 2)
The student must take the following modules:
PartII (Year 3)
The following modules may not be taken:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Educational Aims of the Programme
This combined degree programme enables students, including future music professionals, to study English Literature and Music as independent subjects and to explore the connections between two major art forms. These connections take various forms. Music and text combine in a number of ways both creatively in the making of works and in the responses of listeners/readers and critics. In addition, musical and literary works emerge from and exist in relation to various cultural contexts that are vital to their understanding and appreciation. This programme of study will encourage exploration of these connections.
Such a subject combination can be very valuable for students considering a career in teaching, either at primary or secondary level. The degree scheme also provides a foundation for many other careers within the wide range of work available to most arts and humanities graduates, in particular music journalism, music librarianship, work within publishing, media, arts administration, communications and business services.
English Literature at university level is a wide-ranging and evolving subject; new approaches to traditional texts and new areas of study continually refresh and revitalize this discipline. At Lancaster students study a substantial number of authors and texts from different periods and areas of literary history, and these are interrelated in a variety of ways. At the heart of the subject lies a rigorous, focused and imaginative engagement with literary texts.
Students are encouraged to:
i. develop their close reading skills that increase their appreciation and understanding of the creative powers of language and literary forms.
ii. learn about the many contexts (for example, historical, geographical, social, political, stylistic, ethnic, sexual) in which literary texts are produced and read.
iii. reflect on the active role played by literature both historically and in contemporary society,
iv. acquire an enhanced sensitivity to cultures and ideas different from their own.
All this is underpinned by an awareness of key debates concerning the status, value and interpretation of literary texts. Students learn to appreciate what complexities underlie acts of reading, interpretation and evaluation, and make use of theories about language, authorship, history, gender, nationality, ideology and the self.
The course, introducing students to a variety of texts (and approaches to these texts), both requires and fosters open-mindedness and intellectual curiosity, and stimulates the capacity to respond creatively and innovatively to new challenges. All this is underpinned by the departments well-attested research strengths in a number of areas: nineteenth century, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (especially drama), womens writing and feminist theory, medieval theatre, and modern literature (including creative writing) and critical theory.
Our desire is that students will retain an enthusiasm for literature, and a sense of its past and present importance in society, beyond the period of their formal studies.
The degree programme provides graduates with a wide range of key skills, knowledge, interests and attitudes that enable them to compete successfully for employment in a wide range of job markets. It also provides well qualified English Literature graduates who are suited for further study in the subject and will go on to work in schools, colleges and universities.
Music within LICA aims to offer a rounded education whilst also providing increased opportunities for specialization at levels 2 and 3. Staff research interests inform most modules, and the influence of research is particularly strong in third-level modules. Across Part II, combined students choose four Music units (two in Year 2 and two in Year 3/4). Two units must be chosen from the following selection: music techniques, musicology units, performance, composition or dissertation. For the other two units, students can select from any other modules, subject to the usual prerequisites. These modules currently include: music psychology, conducting, music education, music therapy, and arts administration. Performance opportunities are many and varied: orchestral, choral, chamber and solo recitals; students also learn from listening to professional concerts (Lancaster Concerts) and recitals given by their peers.
The overall teaching and learning aims of LICA are:
i. to nurture independent thought through the staged delivery of coherent, integrated, progressive and up-to-date degree schemes;
ii. to create a challenging but supportive learning environment with a range of learning experiences and possibilities;
iii. to offer high quality teaching, informed by staff research, which helps students realize their creative and/or academic potential;
iv. to provide graduates with the skills, interests and attitudes needed to study for higher degrees or to compete successfully for employment in a wide range of job markets by equipping them with technical, personal and transferable skills in written and oral communication, collaboration, team-work and negotiation, self-directed learning, and creative problem-solving.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Intended Programme Outcomes
The programme specifications and outcomes for the Music and for the English Literature degree schemes apply to the combined degree in English Literature and Music, and the two benchmarking statements and programme specifications define the distinctive outcomes from this combined degree. Both Music and English Literature have certain outcomes in common.
Knowledge and Understanding of:
i. a broad knowledge and understanding of a range of music repertories and evolving literary canons
ii. detailed knowledge and expertise in selected parts of these two disciplines, including the study of particular historical periods
iii. an appreciation of the creative, expressive and rhetorical powers of literary language and music
iv. an appreciation of the complex relationship of musical and literary works to their various contexts, including a knowledge of their modes of production, interpretation and evaluation, and understanding of some key issues of cultural analysis
i. skills in close literary textual analysis and musical analysis
ii. an introduction to the research scholarship of both disciplines
iii. a range of general skills, including skills in peer discussion and presentations; the ability to communicate effectively; organization of work and self-management; rigorous analytical ability, a high level of skills in argument and writing skills. Music adds numeracy to this, together with basic competency in the use of information technology, especially as related to resource discovery and presentation.
The scheme of study provides opportunities for students to develop the following learning outcomes. Since these outcomes are foundational to the subject, they are set up as objectives early in the scheme and remain essentially the same throughout the three years of study. Students' knowledge, understanding and skills increase incrementally in competence, depth and complexity. There is a greater expectation in final year that students will be able to make connections across courses, thus demonstrating skills in analytical comparison, and skills of synthesis and informed generalization, all of which contribute to their final achievements as critics
Knowledge and Understanding
i. Knowledge of a wide historical and generic range of literary texts, and a capacity to discuss their affinities and differences in informed ways;
ii. Skills of close reading of literary texts;
iii. Acquisition of necessary critical terminology;
iv. Knowledge of conventions and literary forms;
v. Appreciation of the creative, expressive and rhetorical powers of language;
vi. Informed historical understanding; knowledge of the complex relationships of texts to their various contexts; understanding of cultural difference and historical process as they affect literary texts;
vii. Theoretically informed understanding of the production, reading, interpretation and evaluation of literary texts and literary criticism (including ones own critical work);
viii. Knowledge of some of the relevant scholarly research in the subject (published and ongoing) as an aid to understanding texts.
i. powers of analysis across a variety of forms of discourse;
ii. informed, critical engagement with complex material and with others ideas in an open way; skills of critical reasoning;
iii. research in both short (essay-length) and extended projects (dissertation): identifying questions, the structured systematic acquisition of substantial amounts of complex information, and its analysis and organized use;
iv. independent thinking, self-directed study;
v. problem solving within a small group;
vi. coherent, sustained and persuasive oral and written argument on the basis of evidence;
vii. the ability to communicate with clarity, confidence (and possibly vividness and elegance), employing a range of language-based skills;
viii. meticulous and scholarly presentation of material in the manner required;
ix. word-processing skills; other IT skills (depending on courses taken and research projects);
x. the ability to combine independent with interactive work, and the capacity to respond to guidance in a reflective and positive manner;
xi. self-reflection and negotiation;
xii. organization of work and time-management;
xiii. ability to apply these skills to a wide range of issues and tasks.
The learning outcomes in Music are both subject specific and general. The Part I modules MUSC101 and 102 provide a foundation for Part II. Essential learning outcomes are embodied in a number of compulsory modules, beyond which students are guided in choosing from a range of modules to create their own appropriate programme of study and associated learning outcomes. On successful completion of their studies, students on any of Music's degree schemes will have acquired and demonstrated:
Knowledge and Understanding
i. A broad knowledge and understanding of a range of music repertories
ii. Detailed knowledge and expertise in selected parts of their discipline
iii. Depth of subject knowledge in repertory-based music case studies
iv. A range of current musicological approaches
v. A range of music analytical techniques
vi. Practical and interpretative abilities in performance at post-Grade-8 standard or compositional practice
vii. An optional specialist area in performance, or composition, or dissertation
i. Initial analytical, critical and listening skills through lectures and concerts
ii. Fundamental analytical and problem-solving skills appropriate to Western tonal music, both through formal assessment of notated music, and through pastiche composition
iii. Develop their critical and research skills in tandem with their knowledge and understanding of a specific music repertory
iv. A range of transferable skills such as analysing audio material, numeracy, carrying out research, making a presentation on their own work, participating in group discussions, reviewing peer progress, and communicating effectively
v. Develop studentship skills such as organization, ability to assimilate information or brief and produce work relating to aim of module
vi. Competency in the use of information technology, especially as related to resource discovery and presentation
vii. Ability to work with a degree of independence, and to work with others with staff support
viii. Ability to work with greater independence (dissertations, recitals), and with others (student presentations, ensemble work) with staff support
Structure, Features and Regulations: Compulsory and Optional Modulesback to top
YOU MUST TAKE EXAMINATIONS IN AT LEAST 4 OF YOUR 8 UNITS
Part II (years 2 and 3)
- You must take 4.0 unit modules from Music across your Part II study (2.0 units in each academic year)
- Modules available for Combined Music students in 11/12 are:
MUSC200 - 1.0 Music Techniques II - pre-req: MUSC121 or MUSC101
MUSC214 - 0.5 Special Option 1: Paris in 1920s - pre-req: MUSC121 or MUSC101, open in Autumn term
MUSC221 - 1.0 Practical Studies II (subject to departmental permission) - pre-req: MUSC221
MUSC237 - 1.0 Enterprise Unit - departmental permission required
MUSC250 - 1.0 Multimedia Authoring - pre-req: MUSC123 or MUSC103
MUSC251 - 1.0 Composition - pre-req: MUSC123, MUSC124 or MUSC103
MUSC260 - 1.0 Recording Technique - pre-req: MUSC124 or MUSC103 - ONLY AVAILABLE FOR BA OR BSc COMPUTER SCIENCE COMBINED STUDENTS
MUSC270 - 1.0 Sound and Space - pre-req: MUSC124 or MUSC103
MUSC314 - 0.5 Special Option 2: Music Perception - Autumn term
MUSC316 - 1.0 Interpreting Musical Styles and Influences - pre-req: MUSC121 or MUSC101
MUSC317 - 0.5 Rock and Roll in American Culture (AMST361) - Spring term
MUSC332 - 1.0 Psychology and Psychoacoustics
MUSC340 - 1.0 Dissertation - Final year only
MUSC350 - 1.0 Music Composition - pre-req: MUSC251, Final year only
- Combination of MUSC314 and MUSC332 is forbidden
- You can enrol in MUSC221, but departmental permission will also be required later
- If you are considering taking MUSC350 in 3rd year, you must take MUSC251 in 2nd year
- In your 3rd or final year you will be able to take only 1.0 unit (max) 2nd year module (i.e. MUSC2xx)
In English, at level 2 students take ENGL 201 Theory and Practice of Criticism
(compulsory), and one other level 2 unit from the following:
ENGL 202 Renaissance to Restoration: English Literature 1580?1688
ENGL 203 Victorian Literature
ENGL 204 American Literature to 1900
ENGL 207 British Romanticism
At Level 3 students take two units of English from the following:
ENGL 302 Women Writers of Britain and America
ENGL 303 Modernism
ENGL 304 American Literature from 1900
ENGL 306 Shakespeare