LJMU’s joint honours English and Media & Cultural Studies programme is taught by a large and diverse team, all of whom are active in research and publication, and bring that curiosity, enthusiasm and innovation to the classroom. Our degree will take you from literary classics to popular television, honing your skills of analysis of both the aesthetics and the ethics of culture. Alongside the canonical literary classics, and a whole range of contemporary – and sometimes provocative – writing, you will explore contemporary culture and changing communication practices in the media. In practice this means that in addition to reading Shakespeare or the Brontës, you could be researching the depiction of sex in 1890s literature or current perspectives on the War on Terror, and examining the development of pop music and youth culture through the ages. We are particular proud to offer you a portfolio of option modules, giving you the opportunity both to explore topics that are new to you, but also to deepen your understanding of your own particular research interests. Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, screenings, seminar-workshops and peer presentations, and online groups give you the opportunity to further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.
We are dedicated to developing the skills that, as an LJMU English and Media & Cultural Studies graduate, you will have to offer to employers in your chosen profession. In your first year with us, you will pass the first stage of LJMU’s unique employability award, and can take this valuable qualification further in subsequent years. Every LJMU EMCS student takes a work-related learning module, either Working in the USA or Media & Cultural Industries. Both give you the chance to gain credit for planning for and reflecting upon a diverse range of professional experiences in the UK, Europe and the USA, including teaching, advertising, journalism, community work, Summer Camps, and the ambitious heritage project Shakespeare North. Recent LJMU English projects such as ‘Social Media for Students’ and ‘Blogging Beyond the Classroom’ have also offered applicants internship opportunities to further enhance their cvs. The experience you develop through these opportunities will be supported and enhanced by the University’s World of Work Careers Service and its wide range of training and information services.
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