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This module provides an interdisciplinary, critical, and practical engagement with the increasingly digital world we live in. The digital revolution is changing a number of fundamental aspects of our world, ranging from surveillance and privacy considerations to what it is to be a citizen, from changing business models to how research and development takes place and how people will work in the future, from warfare to medicine, from how we relate to ourselves to how we construct communities, from how we protect human rights to how we promote humanities.

This module provides an interdisciplinary, critical, and practical engagement with the increasingly digital world we live in. The digital revolution is changing a number of fundamental aspects of our world, ranging from surveillance and privacy considerations to what it is to be a citizen, from changing business models to how research and development takes place and how people will work in the future, from warfare to medicine, from how we relate to ourselves to how we construct communities, from how we protect human rights to how we promote humanities.

In early modern Europe (ca. 1550-1815), people believed that there was a permeable boundary between the natural (what could be readily observed and explained by natural philosophy) and supernatural worlds (what was hidden, or lay beyond the natural world). We’ll explore the shifting meanings of the natural and supernatural worlds during a period that encompassed three major shifts in intellectual outlook: the Reformation, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment. This was an age of collecting and classifying knowledge, objects… and wonders! Not only did the relationship between science and God undergo profound changes, but the shifts simultaneously resulted in many supernatural beliefs (e.g. werewolves) becoming less plausible while raising the possibility of other mysterious creatures (e.g. vampires). But to what extent did the intellectual framework of the educated elite shape popular belief (or vice versa)? We will explore the way in which early modern people understood the boundaries between human and animal, body and soul, life and death, science and religion, and reality and imagination.

In this module, we’ll consider the political, economic, and cultural significance of early modern households through the lens of recipes and recipe books. Early modern households were busy places, with servants, lodgers, extended family and visitors coming and going, forging connections with other families. Households were centres of production in which family members worked alongside each other and knowledge was shared beyond its threshold. Central themes will include domestic management, gender, life cycle, relationships, patronage, and practical knowledge.


Over the year, you will develop a portfolio of online work by participating in a collaborative digital research project: transcribing part of a seventeenth-century recipe book and developing an online exhibition of contextual material. To this end, some weeks will focus on developing the group project and learning about digital tools.

This module provides an introduction to the study of History at university level. Students will practise a number of skills relating to the research and writing of history, including use of the library and the Internet, critical reading and note-taking, planning and constructing an argument, summarising and paraphrasing, as well as issues related to style and presentation. By the end of the module students should be well equipped to research and write a good history essay.

HR111 Society, Culture and Politics in Europe 1500-1750

HR121 From Disunity to Unity: An Introduction to the History of Europe in the 20th Century.

Society is still coming to terms with the Information Technology Revolution through which we are living. But this is not the first time that such a revolution has occurred - the invention of print is often called 'the coming of the book'. The first IT Revolution was, in fact, more various and more intriguing than simply Gutenberg's construction of a press using movable type. What lessons can history teach us? How did our ancestors cope with the speed of change? And has the book had its day?

This module will introduce you to the techniques and the questions asked by what is called 'the history of the book'. It will open up for you new ways of thinking about the books that you have and you hold. Its historical core covers the period 1300-1600 but it will repeatedly invite you to think about the contemporary significance of the first IT Revolution. The programme is organised to include a session with the early printed books stored in our own Sloman Library's Special Collections: you will learn to handle them and understand what evidence we can take from them. 

This module will be taught by David Rundle in the second term on Wednesday mornings from 9am-11am. The session will usually begin with a lecture, followed by a seminar for which a small amount of preparation will be required. 

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This module is designed to give an overview of three areas of film and media study: form and aesthetics (and the close analysis of film images); history and contexts, spanning from the 19th to the 21st century; and film and media theory, looking at moving images both as cultural products and as texts received and consumed by audiences. Starting from the origins of cinema and leading to more recent trends in camera and special effects, the module explores the evolution of film language, including montage, mise-en-scène, deep focus, sound, and light and colour. In other weekly units we continue our work with these concepts while delving more deeply into issues of genre, auteur theory, alternate modes of cinematic narration, and cinematic ‘possible worlds’. 


How it works

All students should attend the weekly lecture/screening in LTB10 and their allocated weekly class. For each week, there are readings to be read in advance of the class. (For details, please see the week-by-week schedule below). Wherever possible, you should bring your copy of the reading to the class and be prepared to refer to it, or to your notes. Regular attendance, informed contribution to classes, and a viewing diary are expected and assessed through a participation mark.

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This 10-week module will explore writing for radio. We will listen to a wide range of radio drama, and discuss the possibilities that radio offers the writer – from the artistic to the practical.  Students will be introduced to the basics of writing drama for radio.  Topics will include creating location, characterisation, dialogue, and plotting. We will also cover how to format and set out a radio script, and students will be introduced to the radio drama schedule: what kinds of dramas are broadcast, when, and for whom!

Much of what we discuss will focus on techniques of writing drama that can be applied to other media such as theatre, television or film. However, throughout the module we will be thinking about the particular possibilities and the constraints of radio: how does the listener know where they are? How many characters can we have in one scene without confusing the audience? How do sound effects work and when should the writer organise and select them?

We will also explore the possibilities offered by what Angela Carter calls ‘The Amazing Picture Palace’: the freedom to travel to exotic or impossible locations; the opportunities for the poetic or interior; the intimacy. We will look at key figures in the history of radio drama who have expanded its potential, from Dylan Thomas to Samuel Beckett to contemporary writers such as Simon Armitage, whilst also looking closely at the state of radio drama today - thinking about opportunities for new writers and looking at the practicalities of how to explain and pitch ideas. Teaching is by a weekly seminar that will involve listening to and reading radio plays, tutor talks, discussion, individual writing exercises and group work.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain Unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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The Declaration of Independence enshrined a specific set of philosophical values meant to characterise the USA. This 1774 text spoke for a whole nation, and literature from the USA since that point can be seen as exploring those values: do they hold true today? Should they hold true? Do they apply to everybody? Who gets left out? These are some of the questions explored in this module, through a selection of classic texts in fiction, poetry and drama.


On this module, the idea of a national literature is explored, giving students the opportunity to get to grips with the intersection of art, politics and sociology in the work they study. It is one of the first opportunities in your degree to think about how and why US literature might be different from English literature, developing a critical tool-kit that will be of value throughout the degree scheme.



Students are advised to obtain as many of the prescribed texts as they can and to read some of them before the start of the academic year. The authors, topics and texts are listed in the order in which they will be discussed. Any editions of the prescribed texts are acceptable, as long as they are complete and unabridged, apart from Whitman's Leaves of Grass, which needs to be the 1855 edition, edited by Malcolm Cowley (Penguin).

This module will help you get started as a writer, with the idea that the more you practise and the more you read, the better you can become. Key skills applicable to a variety of genres will be explored through warm-up exercises, workshops, reading and discussion of literary texts, and peer review. Topics to be covered will range from key skills such as handling Beginnings and Endings, Image, and Voice, to the study of particular genres, where the emphasis will be on short fiction and poetry.


This is a ten week module conducted in nine or ten two hour sessions, so you will be covering a lot of ground in a short space of time. It is essential, therefore, that you come to each session well prepared: each week there will be set readings and/or writing exercises, from Imaginative Writing and other sources, which should be completed in your own time in advance of the following session. The course is participatory: this will involve writing and reading in class, as well as contributing to written exercises and discussion. Like all LiFTs courses there is a participation mark.

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LT203 United States Literature Since 1850 

This module looks at the history of writing in the United States from before the Civil War to the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and beyond: that is, from the beginnings of a conflict that first threatened and then confirmed the United States as a nation state to the civil conflicts that have erupted over the assertion by the United States of its global and imperial power as well as over the continuing denial of civil rights to the descendants of the slaves, the original inhabitants of North America and others.

The web is becoming a defining platform for publications, reading, listening and watching communities, as well as a place for showcasing creative work. This module is an introduction to the creative use of social and multimedia for artistic endeavour, web profiling and critical understanding.

LT207 World Cinema.

This module introduces students to some of the practical and theoretical aspects of writing for the screen. It will investigate script form and structure in feature and short films, as well as examining techniques of ideas generation and creating memorable characters and plots.

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LT377 Arthurian Literature.

LT378 Transatlantic Romanticisms

LT901 Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis.

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LT908 : Writing the Novel. Online discussion space to explore aspects of novel-writing, including posting recommended reading and other resources for fellow students.

Through practical workshops, improvisations, theatre visits, and seminars this module introduces students to the mechanics of making theatre. Students are offered hands on experience of the basic concepts of stage lighting, stage management, programming a season, reviewing productions and will gather a range of techniques and process involved in making a performance both on stage and off.

TH205 Performing Shakespeare.

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An introduction to how to be a journalist, concentrating on the basics of reporting and production.

An introduction to the history and current state of journalism in the UK (and more widely).

The basics of media law, which will prepare you for the National Council for the Training of Journalists exams.

How to find your way around the British state ... which will prepare you for the National Council for the Training of Journalists Public Administration exam.

This module comprises production from scratch of a supplement for the Colchester Gazette.

This module builds on the writing, interviewing and editing skills learnt in the first year LT131 Practical Journalism module.

This module develops and broadens the production skills you learned in the LT131 Practical Journalism module in the first year.