Literature and Politics BA (Hons)
Course code Q32P
What is special about this course?
Most of our humanities subjects can be studied as joint honours as well as single honours. Joint honours programmes give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals. You will usually concentrate on both subjects equally. It can be possible to transfer between single and joint honours options, usually during your first or second year, and advice will be available from your personal academic tutor.
This course covers:
Literature: using a wide range of authors and texts, from classic to contemporary, explores literature in a global context, looking in depth at language and literary history.
Politics: how political structures and ideologies shapes our lives and are organised differently around the world.
- Study literature and politics in an international context
- Learn from research-active staff in both disciplines
- Study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
- Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, or
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
- This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7 which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
- Literary theory: history and practice
- Introduction to politics Or Ideas and ideologies in politics
- The evolving politics of the British Isles
Plus two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.
Year 2 - DipHE
You will study two literature modules, which may include:
- Introduction to Gaelic poetry
- Heroic Literature: Epic from Classical to Contemporary
- Male Ideals and Female Desires in Medieval Poetry
- Theatrical Powerplay: Classical and Modern Tragedy
Plus two core politics modules:
- History of political ideas
- Scottish politics before and after the independence referendum
You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio.
Year 3 - BA
You will study three core politics module:
- Advanced social research methods, plus two from the following
- Challenging liberal democracy: political ideas in a changing world
- European politics
- Devolution, federalism and territorial politics
- British military history in the 20th Century
- Wars in the promised land
- Political sociology (subject to numbers)
You will also choose three literature option modules, which may include:
- Gaoir nam ban: Gaelic women's poetry 1644–1746
- Imagining new worlds: Renaissance literature and thought
- Psychogeography and the city
- Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750–1830
- Children's literature
- Modern times: popular culture and modernism
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in literature or politics. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.
Literature modules may include:
- Pushing boundaries
- Avant-grade literature
- Past and present: historiography
Politics modules may include:
- Geopolitics: territory, security, strategy
- Political theory
- Terrorism and unconventional warfare
- Transforming regimes in Eastern Europe
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- Outer Hebrides
- North Highland
- West Highland
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2021-22 Full-time||With scholarship||2022-23 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£12,360||£13,020|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,180||£6,510|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,060||£2,170|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Literature and Politics, you might like to consider careers in:
- Primary and Secondary teaching in English, history and modern studies
- Journalism and the media
- Museums and archives
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Literature and Politics to the following postgraduate courses:
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