History and English Language BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

About the course

If you enjoy learning about the past and you’re also fascinated by the use of language and how it shapes the world around us, then this course is for you. We cover a broad range of topics enabling you to explore medieval and modern history, while also specialising within English language and linguistics.

  • History has a 94% student satisfaction rating (NSS 2018).
  • Each year you’ll be able to choose option modules to focus on topics that fascinate you most.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable real world experience. In your second year you’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement, designed to enhance your skills ready for employment.
  • Innovative assessments such as analysing children’s speech development, pitching an idea for a historical video game or creating a visitor trail for a national museum.
  • 95% of students from this course are in work or further study six months after finishing the course (DLHE 2016/17).
  • State-of-the-art facilities including a forensic linguistics lab, a research and resource centre and conference labs.
  • Our team of English academic staff are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for the quality of their research publications (REF 2014).

On the course you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and theories of linguistics. We’ll encourage you to study the role of language in society and how it helps humans understand things. How we acquire it, the way it changes, and the way it forms an array of ways to communicate. We’ll carry out conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and stylistics to get under the surface of the spoken or written word.

Our History and English Language students understand how words build the world around them. Language is central to history: sources are made up of words, but the meanings of those words change over time. But language also has a history, which reflects relations of power between different people, different countries, at different moments. How did English emerge as a global language? Is it about empire? Or is there something about the language itself which has made it so adaptable?

 

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Dr Lindsey Dodd, Admissions Tutor (History Pathways)

Course detail

History

Core modules:

Early Medieval Europe: c500 - 1215

This module covers the history of, what was to become, Europe from the decline of the Western Roman Empire to the end of the 11th Century. It explores the religious and social history of the period, in a range of geographic locations and ethnic groups, from Scandinavia to the Eastern Mediterranean. You’ll have the opportunity to examine written sources alongside visual representations and material culture. You’ll also be advised how to find, evaluate and reference supporting material for your work; how to identify arguments and structure essays and document analyses; and how to present material orally, as well as in writing.

Twentieth Century Britain

Using a chronological and thematic approach, you'll be introduced to the major political, social, economic and cultural developments affecting British society in the 20th Century. This module explores how British people identified themselves within a variety of communities, relating to place, gender, ethnicity, class and other affiliations. It also explores the development of social policy in relation to the Welfare State.

English Language

Core modules:

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.

Option modules:

Two options from a list which may include:

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.

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.

Sociolinguistics

This module focuses on the various relationships between language and society. It considers the difference between languages and dialects, how these develop and what constitutes a community of speakers. It explores the way in which language can vary according to a number of factors such as social class, age and gender, and examines how language works to create identity. It also considers macro-sociolinguistic issues involving the role of particular language varieties (with an emphasis on English) in particular societies. The module prioritises the collection and analysis of ‘real’ as opposed to intuitive linguistic data, in order for you to develop an understanding of sociolinguistic principles.

Entry requirements

To find out if you're eligible for this course, please email our Clearing Helpline Team at study@hud.ac.uk

Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5 week work placement in Year 2. The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Recent graduates have taken placements at The Royal Armouries Museum, Wilsons Solicitors, Kirklees TV, West Yorkshire Archives Service, Barclays Archive Group, Aviva Insurance, the National Media Museum and a range of primary and secondary schools.

I did a 12-week placement during my second year at a secondary school. I also worked with a local primary school in preparing a series of history lessons for their Year 6 classes. Both of these experiences were fun and will be useful when I begin my teacher training. 

Larissa Jackson

Larissa Jackson, History BA(Hons) completed placement at local primary and secondary schools

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Research Excellence

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.

73% of our research is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent and our combined total of publications places us 4th in the country for research outputs (REF 2014). Our work in English Language specifically is recognised by the University having been listed in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject for 'English Language and Literature'.

100% of research produced by History at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading; we more than doubled the amount of world-leading research we produced since the last REF. Our impact case studies scored particularly highly, being rated 20% world leading and 50% internationally excellent (REF 2014).

For more information, see the Linguistics Research section or History Research section of our website.

Our Department

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Your Career


As an English Language and History graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in analysis and communication, self-motivation, teamwork, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Studying history alongside English allows you to keep your career options open.

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers within teaching, writing, local government, archives, the media, PR, law, politics and accountancy.

A selection of organisations that have employed Huddersfield graduates in recent years include BBC, Roma Publication, Emerald Group Publishing, House of Commons, the Civil Service, Royal Armouries Museum and British Red Cross. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.**

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)

**Source: LinkedIn

95-100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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