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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History/Diploma in English and History (PAC Code: DC340)

 

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Type of degree: Part-time/Modular
Contact: Oscail Office

Understanding the Course:

The DCU Bachelor of Arts in English and History is a new Level 8 (on the national framework of qualifications), honours degree programme, which provides students with a focused, tailored course of education in the English and History subject areas.

Once registered students are provided with access to a suite of learning materials and are supported academically through a variety of means such as: tutorials and/or workshops, which may be face to face or virtual, using the most current, online, 'live' classroom technology (our study centres are located in Dublin City University, NUI Galway, and University College Cork); a virtual learning environment called Moodle; email etc. In addition to this students have access to a number of support services and help lines that are used by students to find answers to questions and resolve any issues or problems they are having. We know that you may have some fears or anxiety about starting, or returning to, third-level education. We want you to know that those fears are perfectly normal and that we wish to aid you in settling into the programme in order that you can pursue your educational goals.

In each module students will be given several opportunities to demonstrate their learning throughout the academic year. The form that these take depends on the aspect of the module under examination, as well as the learning outcomes for that module. For example students may demonstrate their learning through essays, case studies, group work, contributions to online forums and discussions, multiple choice questionnaires and learning journals.

No previous qualifications are required for our undergraduate programmes if you are over 23 years of age. Students under 23 years on 1st January of the forthcoming academic year must meet the normal entry requirements of the University, as appropriate to the programme.

IT Equipment and Skills required:

You should have regular access to a computer (with Microsoft Office), a broadband Internet connection, a printer and a basic headset and (optionally) a webcam. Specifically, you will need access to Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.

You should also be familiar with using email, browsing the Web, and using word processing packages.

You can find detailed information on the IT skills and equipment required for this programme under the section 'Technology Requirements'.

About You:

This course is designed to develop students' knowledge and understanding of the English and History subject areas, and is therefore tailored to be suitable for anyone who wishes to focus specifically on these subjects in their studies, whether for personal or professional reasons. This Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and History programme offers you the attractive opportunity to obtain a DCU undergraduate degree through distance education, which is more open and flexible than if you registered for a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

Course Structure:

The English and History subject areas are each presented as a suite of six modules (see below for further details), which cover different aspects of that subject, for example Land, Politics & Society in Independent Ireland in History or The Renaissance in Literature. To complete the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History you need to complete the twelve modules in these two subjects. Students may elect to exit with a Diploma in English and History on completion of eight modules if they do not wish to progress to the full degree qualification.

Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points. These points are accumulated towards your award of degree. 180 ECTS credit points are required for the BA (Hons) and 120 ECTS credit points are required for the Diploma in Arts.

How Long does it take to Complete the Course?:

It is possible to complete your Degree in a minimum of four years, however, this would be a "full-time" studying commitment. The Diploma can be completed in a minimum of three years with a similar commitment. The greater the number of modules successfully completed each year, the quicker you obtain your degree. In a student's first year they can only take the two level one modules. After the level one modules have been completed a student can take from one to four modules per year. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History must be completed within an eight year registration period.

Getting Started on your English and History Programme:

The first module in each subject area aids students to become accustomed to studying at third level and to that specific subject area. These modules are designed to:

  • Introduce students to the specific subject area and get them started on their journey of acquiring knowledge about that subject.
  • Facilitate students in developing study skills necessary to succeed in the subject (e.g. essay writing, sourcing and recording information, structuring assignments), and at third level in general.
  • Introduce students to the wide range of resources that are made available to students, for that subject.
  • Facilitate students in their acquisition of skills in using information and communications technologies (ICTs) to enhance their learning in that subject.
  • Enable students to demonstrate their achievement of the necessary skills and knowledge through a range of different types of assessment tasks, for examples essays, reports and/or learning portfolios.

Programme Subject Areas:

HISTORY

The information below is provided in order that students may gain a reasonable impression of module content in the academic year 2012-2013. This information is provided specifically so that students may use it to inform any exemption applications they may make. However, many of these modules are currently being updated and so the content of these modules, when they are delivered in the academic year 2012-2013, may differ from what is stated below.

His1: History Foundation Module - Part 1 surveys the Reformation period in Europe. Part 2 investigates Europe in the age of enlightenment and revolution from the Ancien Regime to the French Revolution. This module also equips students with the study skills necessary to succeed at third level.

His2: Europe and a Wider World - This module analyses developments in Europe from the revolutions of 1848 to the break up of Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and the emergence of Europe and the European idea.

His3: Land, Politics and Society in Ireland 1800-1922 - This module provides an in-depth analysis of the interaction of political, economic and social forces in nineteenth century Ireland culminating in the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty.

His4: Politics, Culture and Society in Independent Ireland - This module chronicles the economic, social and cultural history of the independent Irish state and Northern Ireland in the twentieth century.

His5: Women in Irish and European Society: 1780-1915 - This module considers the history of women's role in both the private as well as the public sphere and examines the experience of women 'on the margins'. Students on this module complete a research essay instead of a final examination.

His6: Researching Local History: People, Place and Time - This module equips students with skills and techniques in local history research. Students produce a piece of original research on a topic in local history. Students attend two one-day mandatory workshops as part of this module.

LITERATURE

The information below is provided in order that students may gain a reasonable impression of module content in the academic year 2012-2013. This information is provided specifically so that students may use it to inform any exemption applications they may make. However, many of these modules are currently being updated and so the content of these modules, when they are delivered in the academic year 2012-2013, may differ from what is stated below.

Lit1: Literature Foundation Module - This module introduces students to the concept of genre through in-depth analysis of key texts: stage and film versions of drama; poetry and fiction. In addition to this the module equips students with the study skills needed to progress successfully at third level. This module also equips students with the study skills necessary to succeed at third level.

Lit2: Literatures of the Twentieth Century - This module introduces students to critical approaches to key modernist, feminist and post-colonial texts by Irish, American and British authors as well as works in translation.

Lit3: Literatures of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries - Students will encounter Jacobean drama, the rise of the novel as well as forms of prose written between 1600 and 1800. Attention is given to lesser-known writings by women in this period.

Lit4: The Renaissance - Renaissance poetry, Shakespearean drama, as well as writing in Ireland in the 1500s are placed in the historical and political context of Renaissance Britain and Ireland.

Lit5: 19th Century: Romanticism to Victorianism - Starting with the work of writers inspired by the revolutionary fervour of the late eighteenth century this module concludes with the texts which emerged from the industrial revolution in the Victorian era.

Lit6: Literatures of the Late Twentieth Century - Contemporary themes, including modernism and post-modernism in the Irish and international context are analysed in the context of key texts drawn from poetry, drama, fiction and film. Students on this module complete a dissertation instead of a final examination.

Module Selection:

Before planning your pathway through the programme you should view the Guide to Module Selection of the Bachelor of Arts in English and History.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2013 - 2014)

Oscail - DCU Online Education provides students with:

  • Open and flexible access to higher education to a wider community of adult students;
  • Provide opportunities for individuals to enhance their career prospects;
  • Provide access to the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to promote participation in the economic, social, cultural and political spheres of society;
  • Open access to the wealth of cultures and traditions in Irish and global society;
  • Enable individuals to proceed to further studies in their chosen area

Career Prospects:

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History degree programme facilitates those interested in pursuing any kind of work that requires critical thinking skills, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management, and these skills and abilities are highly valued by employers. The knowledge and skills you will develop are useful and valuable to have no matter what path you take once you successfully complete your DCU degree programme. Graduates from Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History will be able to go on to a variety of postgraduate programmes and careers in those subject areas. This has already been demonstrated by students who have studied English and History on the existing Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities. For example, one student has gone on to complete postgraduate studies in Literature and is now a published author working in an Irish University and is a member of the programme board of the BA in Humanities, helping to shape the development of the degree. Similarly, several graduates of the programme have, in addition to their other work as third-level academics in other institutions, returned to Oscail to work as tutors, bringing their experience as distance-learning students to that work.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit.

Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are:

Irish Leaving Certificate: Grade C3 in two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish.

In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

How to Apply:

Applications are currently closed but will open in late Spring 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year intake.

Recognition of Prior Learning:

The BA in English and History programme allows for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Applicants can apply for a `Specific' exemption if they have covered the full content of a module Oscail offer, to successful completion, in another programme, at a similar award level.

Please note that a student may not present the same ECTS credits as qualification for more than one DCU award. Similarly, a student may not claim exemption for ECTS credits towards one award that have already been presented as qualification for another award elsewhere at a similar award level.

Please note that applicants will not obtain exemptions on the basis of work experience only.

A maximum exemption total of 60 credits (four modules) may be awarded to applicants with appropriate prior qualifications.

Please see the Exemption Form for more details.

Those interested in applying for exemptions should firstly apply for the BA in English and History programme. Exemption Application forms are available to all applicants upon request or you can download them from the Programme Forms section of our website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have prepared for all applicants.

You can also email us with any questions to: oscail@dcu.ie or telephone us directly on 01 700 5481 for further assistance.

Important Dates:

Study Period: Commences the last Monday in September to early May each year.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications normally close in late September of each year.


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