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Comparative Literature and Culture with International Experience

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

104-128

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subjects

Comparative literary studies

Cultural studies

What does it mean to study comparatively? Our BA Comparative Literature and Culture with International Experience gives you the opportunity to explore connections across national boundaries and different periods from the Renaissance to postmodernity, and to consciously reflect on your critical approach. You will be able to study the literature, thought, history, film and visual culture of the French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American worlds through a number of comparative modules focusing on specific themes across time and place, as well as through more in-depth modules focusing on a single culture.

You will explore transnational phenomena and you can also pursue an interest in other forms of comparison, for example, between text and image - we offer modules focusing on literary adaptation across media and many other types of encounter between literature and visual culture.

There is no language learning requirement for this programme, and all texts will be taught in English translation, but you can develop your language skills to a higher level as part of the degree programme if you wish. You have the option of studying up to three language modules, including starting at beginner level.

Your third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying.

You can also apply for a three-year version of the programme without a year abroad, and you will normally also be able to transfer to this version of the programme during your first or second year of study if you decide you do not wish to study outside of the UK.

**Highlights**

- Our Department of Cultures and Languages prides itself on research-led teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, making it an outstanding multidisciplinary department.

- Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC), the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) and the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group, provide a vibrant and dynamic platform for this exchange.

- You have a broad range of options to choose from, and you are able to take up to 60 credits of modules outside the Department to pursue interests in English literature, film and media, and history of art, for example.

- You will have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at a partner institution.

- Our teaching is in our Central London location in Bloomsbury, a stone’s throw from research libraries and all the cultural richness that London has to offer by way of theatre, museums and galleries.

- You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space. The School of Arts also hosts the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via substantial end-of-term assignments. Some modules also have in-class tests and/or assessed presentations, critical reviews or bibliographies.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,280
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Cultures and Languages

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What students say


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87%
high
Comparative literary studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
23%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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