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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA English & Environment

Programme code:BA-ENGL&ENVIUCAS code:GA1A
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance:
Programme manager:Prof Graham Huggan Contact address:g.d.m.huggan@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

AAB at A-Level including Grade A in English Literature

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Since this is a Joint Honours degree with a significant component in English literature, English benchmark standards
(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/English07.pdf) will be used, but will be adapted to meet the requirements of a cross-disciplinary programme.
Threshold standard:
(1) Students studying on this programme will be able to show an understanding, both historical and contemporary, of the relationship of human beings to their environment, and of the ways in which this relationship is articulated in literary and non-literary texts.
(2) Students studying on this programme will be able to show an understanding of the foundational principles of environmental social science.
(3) Students studying on this programme will be able to conduct research through self-formulated questions and tasks, to display competence in both written and spoken English, and to exercise a degree of independent critical judgement in the reading of literary, scientific and other (e.g. journalistic) texts.
Typical standard:
(1) Students studying on this programme will be able to interpret different ideas and values represented in and through language and literature, and to apply these ideas and values to both historical and contemporary environmental issues and debates.
(2) Students studying on this programme will be able to demonstrate confident analytic skills with respect to historical and contemporary environmental problems, and to exercise critical judgement in addressing these, both via their own and others' work.
(3) Students studying on this programme will be able to produce carefully argued essays in English that address specific issues and areas of importance in environmental studies, and that demonstrate independent critical judgement in the reading of literary and scientific texts.

Programme specification:

At the end of the programme students should be able to demonstrate:
(1) An understanding of historical and contemporary environmental issues and debates;
(2) An understanding of how to analyse these debates, using tools and skills derived from both the arts (literary criticism) and the sciences (qualitative/quantitative analysis);
(3) An awareness of how the English and environmental studies fields intersect with and complement one another;
(4) A critical understanding of the principles of cross-disciplinary research;
(5) A flexible ability, adapted to the needs of different potential employers, to analyse both imaginative (literary) and informative (scientific) texts, to produce reasoned arguments for and against particular environmental actions, and to convert conceptual understandings (e.g. of the changing human-environment relationship) into practically applicable goals.

The programme will: allow students to study English literature in its relation to historical/contemporary environmental issues and debates and vice versa, developing and combining skills derived from both of the appropriate disciplinary areas (i.e., English and environmental studies). At Level One, students will gain introductory insights into some of these issues and debates while working on the critical and analytical skills needed to address them. At Level Two, students will sharpen these skills by applying them to sets of contexts (around, for example, wildness/wilderness or climate change or biodiversity) in which both qualitative (interpretative) and quantitative forms of analysis are required. Level Three will provide the opportunity for an autonomous research project while also honing pre-professional skills in such environmentally oriented areas as environmental journalism and consultancy, biodiversity management and work with non-profit organisations (NGOs). As also argued above (see Statement), the programme is distinctive in bringing two sets of knowledge and techniques to bear on contemporary environmental issues and problems, using arts- as well as science-based methods and approaches to explore the cultural, historical and ethical dimensions of these issues and problems, and developing crosscutting critical and analytical skills that are relevant to a variety of both culturally and environmentally oriented professional


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must study 125 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following CORE modules:

ENGL1000Studying and Researching English5 credits 
ENGL1340Environment, Crisis and Creativity: Contemporary Nature Writing20 credits 
ENGL1350Foundations of English Studies20 credits 
SOEE1110Sustainable Development: Concepts and Case Studies20 credits 
SOEE1381Skills for Environmental Social Science10 credits 
SOEE1450Environmental Politics and Policy10 credits 

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of Discovery modules. These may be made up of Discovery modules offered by English or Earth and Environment or from outside of both schools.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must take 120 credits in Level 2.

Over levels 2 and 3 combined, students must take:
1. English: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)
2. Earth and Environment: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)
3. At least 100 credits at Level 2
4. At least 100 credits at Level 3.

Additionally, students must take:
5. a further 40 credits in the named subjects (i.e. in English, Earth and Environment, or a combination of both).
6. a further 40 credits in either the named subjects (English or Earth and Environment) or in Discovery modules (i.e. outside the named subjects).

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must:
- meet the Rules for Award
- pass all modules which are designated 'pass for progression'
- pass the required number of credits at each level (a minimum of 100 credits at each Levels 1, 2 & 3) as specified in the Curricular Regulations

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

CORE MODULES (SOEE)
Candidates are required to study 40 credits of the following CORE optional modules.
*Students wishing to take SOEE3030 Environmental Research Project at level 3 MUST pass SOEE2570 Research in the Environmental Social Sciences.

SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 credits 
SOEE2371People, Sustainability, and the Environment20 credits 
SOEE2570Research in the Environmental Social Sciences30 credits 
SOEE2670Environmental Impact Assessment10 credits 
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 credits 

CORE MODULES (ENGL)
Candidates are required to study at 40 credits of the following CORE optional modules:

ENGL2028Literature of the Romantic Period20 credits 
ENGL32113The Wild: Literature and the Environment20 credits 

OPTION MODULES
Candidates may choose to study 40 credits of Discovery modules over Levels 2 and 3 or pursue additonal credits in the two named subjects.

ENGL2023Power of Language20 credits 
ENGL2024Language in Society20 credits 
ENGL32110Students into Schools20 credits 
ENGL32111Gender, Culture and Politics: Readings of Jane Austen20 credits 
ENGL32114Forming Victorian Fiction20 credits 
ENGL32143Disposable Lives?20 credits 
ENGL32148American Danger20 credits 
ENGL32150Planes, Trains and Automobiles: US Narratives of Air, Rail, Road and Water20 credits 
ENGL32153Refugee Narratives20 credits 
ENGL32154Prose Fiction Stylistics and the Mind20 credits 
ENGL32155Crime Fiction Stylistics: Crossing Languages, Cultures, Media20 credits 
ENGL32156Quiet Rebels and Unquiet Minds: writing to contemporary anxiety20 credits 
ENGL32164Colonial and Postcolonial Migrations20 credits 
ENGL32165Text is a Technology20 credits 
ENGL32167Language of the Media20 credits 
ENGL32169Contemporary South African Writing20 credits 
ENGL3231The Poetry of Wordsworth20 credits 
ENGL3233Forensic Approaches to Language20 credits 
ENGL3245Jacobean Drama20 credits 
ENGL32460Writing America20 credits 
ENGL3266Folklore and Mythology20 credits 
ENGL32660Creative Writing20 credits 
ENGL3268Transformations20 credits 
ENGL3284Trial Discourse - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 191320 credits 
ENGL3286Fictions of Fallen Women, 1850-192220 credits 
ENGL3293Victoria's Secrets: Secrecy in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture20 credits 
ENGL3294The Politics of Language20 credits 
ENGL32980African Literature20 credits 
ENGL32993Romantic Lyric Poetry20 credits 
ENGL32994Shakespeare's Histories20 credits 
ENGL32996Byron and the Shelleys20 credits 
ENGL32997Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them20 credits 
ENGL32999Tragedy: Classical to Neo-Classical20 credits 

OPTION MODULES
Candidates may choose to study 40 credits of Discovery modules over Levels 2 and 3 or pursue additonal credits in the two named subjects provided all necessary pre-requisites are met.

SOEE2010Chemistry of the Earth10 credits 
SOEE2032Personal Development for Careers in the Environmental Sector10 credits 
SOEE2035Community Engagement Project20 credits 
SOEE2040Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 310 credits 
SOEE2050Deformation Processes10 credits 
SOEE2062Sedimentary Processes10 credits 
SOEE2092Meteorology10 credits 
SOEE2095Research and Career Skills10 credits 
SOEE2096Advanced Fieldwork, Mapwork, and Study Skills20 credits 
SOEE2106Fieldwork10 credits 
SOEE2107Geology Field and Map Skills20 credits 
SOEE2110Introductory Oceanography10 credits 
SOEE2145Palaeoecology, Palaeobiology and Evolution10 credits 
SOEE2160Climate Change: Science and Impacts10 credits 
SOEE2165Climate Change: Society and Human Dimensions10 credits 
SOEE2170Water Quality10 credits 
SOEE2190Time Series Analysis and Digital Signal Processing10 credits 
SOEE2210Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics10 credits 
SOEE2212Tectonophysics10 credits 
SOEE2240Computer Systems and Programming10 credits 
SOEE2250Numerical Methods and Statistics10 credits 
SOEE2310Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility20 credits 
SOEE2355Energy Transitions: Technologies, Markets and Policy10 credits 
SOEE2371People, Sustainability, and the Environment20 credits 
SOEE2430Advanced Mathematics for Scientists10 credits 
SOEE2460Contaminated Land Studies: Integrating Business Skills and Science in Consultancy10 credits 
SOEE2481Atmospheric Pollution from Local to Global Scales
Pre-requisite for: `
10 credits 
SOEE2490Formation Evaluation10 credits 
SOEE2500Petroleum Reservoir Engineering10 credits 
SOEE2510Basin Evolution and Hydrocarbon Resources10 credits 
SOEE2530Atmospheric Physics10 credits 
SOEE2550Applied Geophysics30 credits 
SOEE2560Reservoir Simulation 110 credits 
SOEE2570Research in the Environmental Social Sciences30 credits 
SOEE2580Gemstones10 credits 
SOEE2590Mineralogy and Petrology20 credits 
SOEE2600Sedimentary Basins and Hydrocarbon Resources10 credits 
SOEE2610Economics and Sustainability10 credits 
SOEE2620Explosive Volcanism: Processes, deposits and resources10 credits 
SOEE2630Fundamentals of Geophysics10 credits 
SOEE2631Introduction to Geophysics10 credits 
SOEE2640Advanced Field Work10 credits 
SOEE2650GIS for Geoscientists10 credits 
SOEE2660Mathematics for Geophysical and Environmental Sciences 410 credits 
SOEE2670Environmental Impact Assessment10 credits 
SOEE2680Environmental Policy and Governance10 credits 
SOEE2690Managing Biodiversity10 credits 
SOEE2700Environmental Research and Career Skills30 credits 

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 40 credits of discovery modules over both Levels 2 & 3 or pursue additional credits in the two named subjects from a list of available modules in any given academic year.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must take 120 credits in Level 3.

Over levels 2 and 3 combined, students must take:
1. English: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)
2. Earth and Environment: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at Level 3)


Additionally, students must take:
5. a further 40 credits in the named subjects (i.e. in English, Earth and Environment, or a combination of both).
6. a further 40 credits in either the named subjects (English or Earth and Environment) or in Discovery modules (i.e. outside the named subjects).

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must:
- meet the Rules for Award
- pass all modules which are designated ‘pass for progression’
- pass the required number of credits at each Level (a minimum of 100 credits at each Levels 1, 2 & 3) as specified in the Curricular Regulations

Optional modules:

Candidates MUST take 40 credits of the following Final Year Projects:
*In order to take SOEE3030 Environmental Research Project students MUST have passed SOEE2570 Research in the Environmental Social Sciences at level 2.

ENGL3041Final Year Project40 credits 
SOEE3030Environmental Research Project40 credits 

Candidates are required to study 40 credits in English from the optional list below in accordance with the programme requirements for Level 3: 1. English (a minimum of 40 credits) 2. Earth & Environment (a minimum of 40 credits) with no more than 70 credits in one semester

ENGL3206America, Inundated: Floods and other Scourges in US Fiction, 1935-199820 credits 
ENGL32122Where the Wild Things Are: Animals in Children's Literature20 credits 
ENGL3314Imagining Posthuman Futures20 credits 

Candidates are required to study 40 credits in Earth and Environment from the optional list below in accordance with the programme requirements for Level 3: 1. English (a minimum of 40 credits) 2. Earth & Environment (a minimum of 40 credits) with no more than 70 credits in one semester

SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 credits 
SOEE3202Sustainable Consumption10 credits 
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools10 credits 
SOEE3770Sustainable Futures20 credits 
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 credits 

Candidates may study further credits in English from the optional list below in accordance with the programme requirements for Level 3: 1. English (a minimum of 40 credits) 2. Earth & Environment (a minimum of 40 credits 3. No
more than 70 credits in one semester

ENGL2023Power of Language20 credits 
ENGL2024Language in Society20 credits 
ENGL2025Medieval Literature20 credits 
ENGL2027Eighteenth Century Literature20 credits 
ENGL2028Literature of the Romantic Period20 credits 
ENGL2029Renaissance Literature20 credits 
ENGL32111Gender, Culture and Politics: Readings of Jane Austen20 credits 
ENGL32114Forming Victorian Fiction20 credits 
ENGL32143Disposable Lives?20 credits 
ENGL32148American Danger20 credits 
ENGL32150Planes, Trains and Automobiles: US Narratives of Air, Rail, Road and Water20 credits 
ENGL32153Refugee Narratives20 credits 
ENGL32154Prose Fiction Stylistics and the Mind20 credits 
ENGL32155Crime Fiction Stylistics: Crossing Languages, Cultures, Media20 credits 
ENGL32156Quiet Rebels and Unquiet Minds: writing to contemporary anxiety20 credits 
ENGL32164Colonial and Postcolonial Migrations20 credits 
ENGL32165Text is a Technology20 credits 
ENGL32167Language of the Media20 credits 
ENGL32169Contemporary South African Writing20 credits 
ENGL3231The Poetry of Wordsworth20 credits 
ENGL3233Forensic Approaches to Language20 credits 
ENGL3245Jacobean Drama20 credits 
ENGL32460Writing America20 credits 
ENGL3266Folklore and Mythology20 credits 
ENGL32660Creative Writing20 credits 
ENGL3268Transformations20 credits 
ENGL3284Trial Discourse - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 191320 credits 
ENGL3286Fictions of Fallen Women, 1850-192220 credits 
ENGL3289Victorian Literature20 credits 
ENGL3290American Words, American Worlds, 1900-Present20 credits 
ENGL3293Victoria's Secrets: Secrecy in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture20 credits 
ENGL3294The Politics of Language20 credits 
ENGL32980African Literature20 credits 
ENGL32993Romantic Lyric Poetry20 credits 
ENGL32994Shakespeare's Histories20 credits 
ENGL32996Byron and the Shelleys20 credits 
ENGL32997Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them20 credits 
ENGL32999Tragedy: Classical to Neo-Classical20 credits 
ENGL3314Imagining Posthuman Futures20 credits 
ENGL3321Angry Young Men and Women: Literature of the Mid-Twentieth Century20 credits 
ENGL3342Millennial Fictions20 credits 
ENGL3365Theatricalities: Beckett, Pinter, Kane20 credits 
ENGL3384ExtraOrdinary Bodies: Disability, Medicine and Normalcy in Contemporary Literatures20 credits 
ENGL3386Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir20 credits 
ENGL3394Bowie, Reading, Writing20 credits 
ENGL3395T.S. Eliot20 credits 
ENGL3396Fictions of the End: Apocalypse and After20 credits 
ENGL3398Medical Humanities: Representing Illness, Disability, and Care20 credits 
ENGL3410Modernist Sexualities20 credits 
ENGL3439States of Mind: Disability, Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health in Contemporary Culture20 credits 
ENGL3560James Joyce's "Ulysses"20 credits 
ENGL3680Postcolonial London20 credits 
ENGL3999Literature of the 1890s20 credits 

Candidates may study further credits in Earth and Environment from the optional list below in accordance with the programme requirements for Level 3: 1. English (a minimum of 40 credits) 2. Earth & Environment (a minimum of 40 credits 3. No
more than 70 credits in one semester

SOEE3040Easter Field Class (Geological Science)10 credits 
SOEE3060Advanced Sedimentology and its Applications10 credits 
SOEE3092Applied Micropalaeontology10 credits 
SOEE3102Isotope Geochemistry10 credits 
SOEE3110Earth System Science: Biogeochemical Cycles10 credits 
SOEE3112Environmental Risk: Science, Policy and Management10 credits 
SOEE3135Engineering Geology10 credits 
SOEE3151Dynamics of Weather Systems10 credits 
SOEE3171Volcanic Processes10 credits 
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 credits 
SOEE3200Practical Geophysics10 credits 
SOEE3202Sustainable Consumption10 credits 
SOEE3221Research Seminars in Geophysics10 credits 
SOEE3250Inverse Theory10 credits 
SOEE3260Global Seismology10 credits 
SOEE3270Business and Sustainable Development10 credits 
SOEE3281Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology10 credits 
SOEE3286Catchment Processes and Management20 credits 
SOEE3291Atmospheric Science Field Skills10 credits 
SOEE3350Geoelectrics10 credits 
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 credits 
SOEE3431Atmospheric Pollution: Causes, Impact and Regulation10 credits 
SOEE3450Structural Geology10 credits 
SOEE3460High-Temperature Processes in the Earth10 credits 
SOEE3470Plate Tectonics and Geodynamics10 credits 
SOEE3480Past Global Environmental Systems10 credits 
SOEE3490Mountain Belt Processes10 credits 
SOEE3500Basin Dynamics and Petroleum Systems10 credits 
SOEE3515Ice in the Earth System10 credits 
SOEE3521Earth and Environmental Sciences into Schools10 credits 
SOEE3530Global Geophysics10 credits 
SOEE3560Field Class: Petroleum Reservoir Architectures10 credits 
SOEE3600Ore Deposits and their Exploitation10 credits 
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 credits 
SOEE3630Strategic Energy Issues10 credits 
SOEE3660Geology and Mineral Exploration in Northern Ireland10 credits 
SOEE3670Reservoir Simulation 210 credits 
SOEE3690Advanced Fieldwork: Principles of Environmental Ecology10 credits 
SOEE3700Practical Weather Forecasting10 credits 
SOEE3710Frontiers in Environmental Research10 credits 
SOEE3720Environmental Geology in Northern Ireland10 credits 
SOEE3740Seismic Interpretation10 credits 
SOEE3750Sustainability Economics in Practice10 credits 
SOEE3760Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System10 credits 
SOEE3770Sustainable Futures20 credits 
SOEE3780Sustainable Development in Practice10 credits 

Last updated: 14/11/2017

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