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Comparative Literature with Film Studies BA

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Overview

Comparative Literature is the study of literature beyond the borders of one particular country or cultural group, and the study of the interactions between literature and other forms of human expression, including the arts, the sciences, and cultural artifacts of all kinds.

Study the similarities and differences between literature written in different places and at different times in the heart of London, alongside study of film theory. Our Comparative Literature modules embrace 12 languages and six continents and span over 2,500 years. Focus extends beyond the modern and ancient literatures of Europe to the Americas, Australia, the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Each year includes two Film Studies modules, which will provide you with a detailed knowledge of both the creative potential of film, and the relationship between film and society.

 

Key benefits

Comparative Literature:

  • Our course draws on the teaching and research expertise of some of the highest ranked literature departments in the UK.

  • Flexible course – students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of of modules across a number of departments.

  • All modules are taught in English translation, though you are encouraged to read in the original language where possible and supported in the development of new linguistic skills.

  • Central location offers students the opportunity to benefit from London’s unique cultural resources.
  • All modules are taught in English translation, though you are encouraged to read in the original language where possible and supported in the development of new linguistic skills.

Film Studies:

  • Consistently one of the best departments for the study of film in the UK (Guardian University Guide).

  • Central location offers exciting possibilities for further access to film, most notably King’s close proximity to the British Film Institute Library, and the new BFI Southbank.

  • Provides a grounding for pursuing careers in the media arts and related activities.

  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • Broad list of modules ranging from Contemporary European Cinema, Asian Cinema, experimental film to the American Underground.

Key information

UCAS code Q2P3

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Comparative Literature Department of Film Studies

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Description

The Comparative Literature with Film Studies BA degree is a three-year course that comprises of modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits.

Your first year of study will consist of modules covering conceptions, methods and theoretical foundations of Comparative Literature. This will provide you with a rounded introduction to the subject, develop your analytical skills and introduce you to theory and methodology. You will also take two film studies modules.

In the second and third year, you will take further required and optional modules, allowing you to explore in-depth your chosen research pathway. The optional modules you study will reflect the current research and expertise of staff in the department, providing you with the opportunity to study specialist subjects in-depth.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in the first semester of the third year. Selected students in year three have the opportunity to study abroad with one of our partners in the USA, Italy, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany or France.

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations.

Location

The teaching of the comparative literature programme is based at the Strand Campus, in the heart of London, amongst many of the city’s theatres, galleries and musical and literary venues. Our students can thus readily benefit from the cultural resources of relevance to their undergraduate work.

 

 

Structure

Year 1

This three-year course combines both required and optional modules to achieve a total of 120 credits for each year. You also have the option to study abroad in your third year.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Comparative Literature:

  • What is Comparative Literature? Conceptions & Methods (15 credits)

  • The Writer in the Text (15 credits)

  • Comparative Literature: Theoretical Foundations (15 credits)

  • Genres of World Literature (15 credits)

Film Studies:

  • Introduction to Film Studies: Forms (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

Comparative Literature

In addition, you are required to take 15 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Forms of Shorter Narrative (15 credits)
  • The Novel in Eighteenth-Century Europe (15 credits)
  • Reading Modern Poetry Comparatively: Greek & English (15 credits)
  • Genres of World Literature (15 credits)

Additionally, you are required to select a further 15 credits of modules from Comparative Literature or optional modules from within the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Literature of Empire (15 credits)
  • Ideas of Nation (15 credits)
  • The Book in the Modern World (15 credits) or the Canon (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are required to take Comparative Literature modules totalling 30 credits that may typically include:

  • Romantic Britain & Italy (15 credits)
  • Writing Africa (15 credits)
  • Palestinian & Israeli Literature (15 credits)
  • Forms of Discovery: Hardy, Cavafy & the Modern Short Poem (15 credits)
  • The Faust Tradition: Dramatic Transformations (15 credits)
  • Socialism & Literature in India in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
  • The Medieval Book (15 credits)
  • Escape Attempts: Incarceration, Freedom, Expression (15 credits)

You are also required to take 30 credits from the following optional Film Studies modules, which may typically include:

  • Asian Popular Cinemas (15 credits)
  • Cinema & Spectatorship (15 credits)
  • Chinese Cinemas (15 credits)
  • Authorship & Creativity in the Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film Forms (eg Documentary Film, Experimental Film) (15 credits)
  • The French New Wave (15 credits)
  • Italian Neo-Realism (15 credits)
  • Contemporary European Cinema (15 credits)
  • Topics in World Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film Forms: Avante-Garde Cinema (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Spanish Cinema (15 credits

You may also take up to 15 credits from approved optional modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.

Year 3

In Year 3 you are required to write a dissertation, which must involve a Film Studies element. Additionally, you will take Comparative Literature & Film Studies options. 

Required Modules
  • Dissertation (30 credits) which must involve a Film Studies element.
Optional Modules

You are also required to take at least 30 credits in Comparative Literature optional modules that may typically include:

  • Surrealism (15 credits)
  • Imaginary Geographies (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect (15 credits)
  • Testimony: The Holocaust & Rwanda (15 credits)
  • Listening across the Channel (15 credits)
  • Modern Arabic Literature (15 credits)

Additionally, you are required to take 30 credits in Film Studies optional modules that may typically include:

  • Film and Transnationalism (15 credits)
  • American Underground Cinema (15 credits)
  • Cinema & Social Formations (15 credits)
  • Film Genre: Hollywood Musical (15 credits)
  • Documentary in the Twenty-First Century (15 credits)
  • Film Noir (15 credits)
  • Film & Religion (15 credits)
  • Film & Architecture (15 credits)
  • The Biopic: Historical Lives and Biographical Screen Practices (15 credits)
  • New Waves in East Asian Cinema (15 credits)
  • Film Style, Criticism & Interpretation (15 credits)

You may also take up to 30 credits from approved optional modules offered by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, to increase your credit total to 120, if this is not already achieved by your Comparative Literature and Film module choices.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in the first semester of the third year. Partner universities currently include:

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Hong Kong University 
  • University of Bologna (Italian language required)
  • University of Sydney
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (German language required - this is a German department exchange which Comp Lit students can access where space is available)
  • Université Sorbonne IV (French language required - this is a French department exchange which Comp Lit students can access where space is available.)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

English Literature or English Language & Literature (A-level)

Plus a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent)

Preferred subjects

Modern or Ancient language

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level   AAB

Including grade A in English Literature, or English Language and Literature.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

Access to HE Diploma  

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to HE Diploma (for example, in Humanities) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Distinction required in Level 3 study of English Literature/English Language & Literature.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Including grade D3 in English Literature or English Language & Literature.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

or

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

or

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade A (or equivalent).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

or

M and two A levels at grades AA, including English Literature/English Language & Literature at grade A.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers  

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Including grade A in Advanced Higher English Literature / English Language and Literature.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

If a modern/ancient language (relevant to the programme) is not offered at Higher Level, this will be required at National 5 (or Standard Grade Credit level/Intermediate 2) grade A.

International Baccalaureate  35 points

Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level including grade 6 in Higher Level English Literature. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Additionally, a GCSE in a Modern or Ancient Language at grade 6/B (or equivalent).

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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