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Culture, Literature and Society in England (1800-present)

12 August - 12 September 2020

British history and society from 1800 onwards was a time of immense change and development. Learn how this period shaped England and especially the North West where Lancaster is located.

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Romantic Literature, Industrialisation, The Great War and Post-colonial Britain are reflected in field trips to the Lake District, Manchester, Salford and Liverpool.

Week 1: Landscape, Nature and Romanticism

This week will focus on the evolution of the English landscape and language and on the ways Romantic poets related to nature and place – especially their involvement with the Lake District. There will be a strong focus on the figures of William Wordsworth and John Ruskin; you will have the opportunity visit their homes (Dove Cottage and Brantwood).

Week 2: Industrialisation: Political Change and the Novel

This week will concentrate on the emergence of Britain, and especially Lancashire, as an industrial powerhouse, and the evocations and criticisms by writers and artists of the time. Our visit to Quarry Bank Mill in Manchester will help you to engage with the literature and social theory that we discuss in this week.

Week 3: The Great War: Memory and Reconstruction

This week will trace some of the effects of the First World War on British culture through an exploration of historical articles and literature about the war. This will enable you to think about how different perspectives on the war that have formed, both while it was occurring and through the memorialisation process. Our trip to the Imperial War Museum, Salford, will focus on these discussions.

Week 4: Post-colonial Britain: Identity and Place

This week engages with the transformation of Britain since the 1950s and the rise of new multi-cultural communities, new language communities, and new forms of popular culture. Our trip to Liverpool will emphasise these points. This week’s lectures finish with a workshop from Manchester-based poet Shamshad Khan, one of the poets in your reading pack.

Information for Study Abroad students

Students intending to study abroad at Lancaster from October, can take part in this programme to earn extra credits before term begins. You will have a two week break before term starts, when many students choose to explore the UK and Europe.

The Course Handbook is available if you need detailed information about the syllabus, reading list, assessments, presentation topics and teaching methodologies.

Please note that this programme is subject to a minimum enrolment of 12 students - if this number is not met, the University reserves the right to cancel the course.

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Students who complete this course are awarded 15 LU / 4 US / 7.5 ECTS credits.

This summer school will be assessed through three methods:

+ 25%: Exam

+ 50%: Essay

+ 25%: Presentation

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The 2020 fee of £3,653 covers

  • tuition
  • ensuite single accommodation
  • meals on campus

Please note there may be extra living costs, such as if you opt in to additional trips or eat out.

Find the cost breakdown here.

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