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BALiterature and Sociology

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
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Overview

Travel the world with the turn of a page. Our literary expertise is geographical as well as chronological – here you don’t just study English literature, you study world literature in English. Alongside the English literary canon, you read some of the most important novels, poems, and plays from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe.

Studying literature alongside sociology means that you can investigate what connects people with each other, as well as what divides them. We consider every aspect of our daily lives, from how we relate to politicians, celebrities and friends, to how we define ourselves, our families, and others. You can study topics ranging from digital media and society, to psychiatry and mental illness, to Japanese culture, to the art, film and personal testimony of war.

Topics from both literature and sociology you can choose from include:

- Modernist cityscapes in literature
- Writing of the US South
- Victorian literary realism
- Culture, identity and subjectivity
- Citizenship, multiculturalism and human rights

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is ranked Top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and our Department of Sociology is rated Top 10 in the UK for research quality (REF 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future
Literature: Origins and Transformations
The Sociological Imagination
Media, Culture and Society (optional)
Contemporary Texts and Contexts (optional)

Year 2

Continuity and Controversy in Sociology: Sociological Analysis II
Social Psychology (Sociology): Self and Interaction (optional)
Versions of Modernity (optional)
Approaches to Text (optional)

Final year

Current Disputes in Sociology: Sociological Analysis III
Research Project: Sociology (optional)
Post-War(s) United States Fiction (optional)
Understanding and Writing Science Fiction (optional)

Career opportunities

The number of careers that lead from courses in literature and creative writing is almost as large as the number of graduates. Two particular areas in which graduates have had recent success are publishing and the theatre.

In addition, former students of our Department have become professional writers, or have gone into teaching, journalism, broadcasting, marketing, film and video production, museum and library work, graphics and printing, finance, and the Civil Service.

Recent graduates have been employed as:

Subtitling for Sky TV
An assistant director for a music video for an internationally-acclaimed band
An English teacher
A media studies teacher

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States