BA Humanities English, European & World Literatures (AYS2)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

The English, European and World Literatures pathway develops an in-depth understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English. Students will look at the ways in which these literatures have impacted, and continue to impact, beyond their countries of origin as well as the relationship between writing and place, examine how other cultures respond to key/global issues, and assess how languages encode and challenge cultural identities. Students will read English and one of the modern languages (French/Spanish/Italian/German).

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This programme develops an in-depth understanding and a questioning of the literary and intellectual legacies of European languages, including English, and the ways in which these languages and literatures have migrated and mutated across the world. The pathway offers the opportunity to examine literature from the middle ages to the contemporary period, from the anglophone world to continental Europe to the broader French-speaking and Spanish-speaking worlds, through a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, from gender studies to postcolonialism to eco-criticism, and allows students to assess the role of literature in encoding and challenging cultural identities.


1 - Use skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking, and problem solving to pursue and evaluate knowledge.
2 - Evaluate ideas, challenge assumptions and develop creative solutions to problems including through the independent pursuit of knowledge and making connections between different disciplinary approaches and methods.
3 - Demonstrate effective communication, digital expertise, collaboration and leadership skills to convert decisions and commitments into action.
4 - Understand the ethical implications of ideas, communications, and actions including demonstrated awareness of the historical and cultural construction of knowledge systems and traditions.
5 - Understand the relevance and contribution of the Humanities to contemporary society and cultural practice including an ability to articulate the links between past and present as well as the influence of the past on shaping community and societal structures and beliefs.
6 - Articulate advocacy of human, social and cultural values with a propensity towards and awareness of the value of life-long learning, an understanding of how to learn, including an appreciation of the complexity of ideas, of societies, cultures and language.

UCD Arts & Humanities Programme Office,
Newman Building,
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Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8321/8102

Web: www.ucd.ie/ahss

Stage 2

Students are pre-registered to three core modules. Students should then choose the two core language modules of the language they are studying, two option modules from English, and three option literature / culture modules from the language they are studying. Students may also be interested in taking modules from the Recommended box below.
It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Trimester 1 and Trimester 2.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
ENG20400 Critical Theory Autumn

5

HUM20040 Primary Source Research in the Humanities A: Exploring UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Autumn

5

ENG20430 Modern American Literature Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)2OF:
Choose two English option modules from this list.
     
ENG20440 Reading the story of Ireland: Irish Literature in English Autumn

5

ENG20450 Writing and Performance in the Age of Shakespeare: Renaissance Literature Autumn

5

ENG20460 From Victorian to Modern Literature, 1830-1914 Autumn

5

ENG20250 Twentieth-Century Drama: From Naturalism to Postmodernism Spring

5

ENG20410 Reading Medieval Literature Spring

5

ENG20490 Romanticism Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)2OF:
Choose two English option modules from this list.
     
Stage 2 Options - B)2OF:
Choose the two core language modules of the language you are studying. Students who were non-beginners of German at Stage 1 and have passed GER10020, should take GER 20060 and GER20070. Students who were beginners of German modules at Stage 1 and have passed GER10110, should take GER20240 German for Ex-Beginners A and GER20250 German for Ex-Beginners B.
     
FR20020 French language II a: Grammaire et syntaxe françaises Autumn

5

GER20060 German Language II a Autumn

5

ITAL20010 Italian Language II a Autumn

5

SPAN20080 Spanish Language II a Autumn

5

FR20040 French Language II b: Expression française écrite et orale Spring

5

GER20070 German Language II b Spring

5

ITAL20080 Italian Language II b Spring

5

SPAN20060 Spanish Language II b Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - B)2OF:
Choose the two core language modules of the language you are studying. Students who were non-beginners of German at Stage 1 and have passed GER10020, should take GER 20060 and GER20070. Students who were beginners of German modules at Stage 1 and have passed GER10110, should take GER20240 German for Ex-Beginners A and GER20250 German for Ex-Beginners B.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)3OF:
Choose three option modules of the language you are studying.
     
FR20050 Introduction à l'âge des Lumières (18e siècle) Autumn

5

FR20130 French New Wave Autumn

5

FR20220 World War 2 in French Culture Autumn

5

GER20190 Grimms' Tales and Adaptations Autumn

5

GER20230 Transcultural Encounters 1 Autumn

5

ITAL20160 Reading Italian Literature Autumn

5

ITAL20200 Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio: the Three Crowns Autumn

5

SPAN20150 Spanish to English Translation Autumn

5

SPAN20190 Spanish Poetry 1 Autumn

5

SPAN20210 Modern Novel and Short Story Autumn

5

SPAN20250 Crime, Passion & Mystery in Latin American Noir Autumn

5

SPAN20260 Modern Spanish Theatre Autumn

5

FR20160 The Realist Novel Spring

5

FR20180 La France d'aujourd'hui Spring

5

GER20130 Translating Contemporary Texts English-German (Intermediate) Spring

5

GER20200 Auf Deutsch Handeln Spring

5

GER20260 Radical Thinkers Spring

5

ITAL20170 Italian Short Stories Spring

5

SPAN20200 The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar Spring

5

SPAN20220 La sociedad española actual: Economía y cultura Spring

5

SPAN20240 Latin American Culture I Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)3OF:
Choose three option modules of the language you are studying.
     
Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Recommended extra modules
     
MUS20080 Musics of the World Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Recommended extra modules
     
Stage 2 Options - E)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - E)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
EEWL30010 Extended Research Essay Spring

10

ENG32310 Climate and Environment in Global Literature Spring

5

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students should choose 1 x 10 credit module.
     
ENG31920 War Fiction 1870–1930: Imagined Wars and the Experience of War Autumn

10

ENG31940 Global Science Fiction Autumn

10

ENG31950 Architecture and Narrative Autumn

10

ENG31960 Apocalyse Then: Old Eng. Lit. Autumn

10

ENG32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in America, Britain and Ireland Autumn

10

ENG32050 Reading Joyce Autumn

10

ENG32080 Social Networks in Fiction: from Jane Austen to Conan Doyle Autumn

10

ENG32090 Masculinities and Manhood in Irish Writing and Culture Autumn

10

ENG32100 Fin-de-Siecle Autumn

10

ENG32110 Literature and Science Autumn

10

ENG32230 Reading Beckett Autumn

10

ENG32240 Chaucer in Context Autumn

10

ENG32390 A Book of Kings Autumn

10

ENG32400 Gender & Sexuality in 18th C Autumn

10

ENG32490 Seventeenth-Century Women: Texts, Lives, Documents Autumn

10

ENG32560 Writing Black: African American Literature and Racial Consciousness Autumn

10

ENG32580 Theatres of War Autumn

10

ENG32610 Contemporary Irish Writing Autumn

10

ENG31980 Jane Austen and her Peers Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32160 Reading the Irish Revival Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32180 Poetry in Performance Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32270 Post-War US Fiction Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG31900 Yeats and the Arts Spring

10

ENG31930 Irish Fiction After 2010 Spring

10

ENG31990 Reading Gender and Sexuality Spring

10

ENG32000 Contemp. Irish Women's Poetry Spring

10

ENG32070 Medieval Celluloid Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

ENG32200 Sexuality & American Modernism Spring

10

ENG32220 Popular Fiction in Britain Spring

10

ENG32290 Reading Ulysses Spring

10

ENG32340 The Modern Short Story and Personal Essay: Critical and Creative Approaches Spring

10

ENG32380 Sexuality and the State in Irish Drama and Culture Spring

10

ENG32500 Fiction and Financial Crises Spring

10

ENG32590 Memory and Testimony in Performance Spring

10

ENG32600 Creative Non-Fiction Spring

10

Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students should choose 1 x 10 credit module.
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Students should choose 1 x 5 credit module.
     
ENG31780 Contemporary European Crime Fiction Autumn

5

ENG32300 Making Shakespeare Autumn

5

ENG32520 Ugly Feelings Autumn

5

ENG31110 Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - B)MIN1OF:
Students should choose 1 x 5 credit module.
     
Stage 4 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students taking Italian as their language must take the following 2 modules (10 credits) at stage 4.
     
ITAL30070 Italian Language III a Autumn

5

ITAL30080 Italian Language III b Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students taking Italian as their language must take the following 2 modules (10 credits) at stage 4.
     
Stage 4 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students taking Italian as their language must take two of the following options.
     
ITAL30110 Selected Twentieth-Century Italian Women Writers Autumn

5

ITAL30290 Interwar Culture and Poetry Autumn

5

ITAL30200 The Story of Italian 2: Modern Age and Today Spring

5

ITAL30260 Politics and Morals in Renaissance Italy Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students taking Italian as their language must take two of the following options.
     
Stage 4 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students taking Spanish as their language must take the following 2 modules (10 credits) at stage 4.
     
SPAN30010 Spanish Language III a Autumn

5

SPAN30020 Spanish Language III b Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students taking Spanish as their language must take the following 2 modules (10 credits) at stage 4.
     
Stage 4 Options - F)MIN0OF:
Students taking Spanish as their language must take two of the following Level 3 options.
     
SPAN30070 Latin American Literature II: To the Boom and Beyond Autumn

5

SPAN30200 Surrealism in Spain and Mexico Autumn

5

SPAN30220 Identity, Sex & Sexuality in Post-Revolutionary Cuban Culture Autumn

5

SPAN30060 Novel Under Franco Spring

5

SPAN30190 Spanish Poetry 2 Spring

5

SPAN30230 Historical Memory in Spain: 21st Century Narrative and Film Spring

5


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