English is about language, history and culture. It is about art and aesthetics, meaning and value. At the University of Waikato, papers are drawn from literatures written in English since Medieval times, and from all major English-speaking cultures, especially from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. English is the home of the University's programme in Writing Studies.
English is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. English may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete English as a single major, students must gain 135 points in papers listed for English, including at least 45 points at 200 level and at least 60 points at 300 level. At least 105 points must be gained from ENGLI-coded papers.
To complete English as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level.
To complete a minor in English, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the English major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.
Students considering graduate study in English are advised to include a range of modern and historical papers in English in their undergraduate programme of study.
Note: Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in English papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in English papers above 200 level.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(Engl) and GradDip(Engl)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA
- Prescriptions for the MPhil
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 800 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(Engl) and GradDip(Engl)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included English at an advanced level in their first degree.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Engl), PGDip(Engl), BA(Hons) and MA
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate English papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level English papers or all their undergraduate English papers.
To complete a BA(Hons) in English, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally ENGLI591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for English.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in English, a student must have completed either:
a) a BA with a major in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level English papers or all of their undergraduate English papers, or
b) a BA(Hons) in English (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).
Completion requirements for the MA in English vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.
Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
Prescriptions for the MPhil
The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ARTSC110 Old Worlds - New Worlds 18A (Hamilton) This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds. ARTSC111 Social Science Theory and Action 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines. ENGLI100 Telling the Story 18B (Hamilton) This paper examines the deep stories which are at the core of the English literary tradition and the wider Western canon, with examples from the poems of Keats to Star Wars IV: A New Hope. ENGLI101 Adaptations 18A (Hamilton) This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ENGLI200 Global Fictions 18A (Hamilton) This paper examines literary responses to contemporary modernity, and situates itself in a world where countries and peoples are increasingly interconnected through travel, immigration, the Internet. In these urbanised spaces issues such as terrorism, climate change, and consumerism abound. ENGLI201 Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques 18A (Hamilton) This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms, in particular the tropes and techniques of either comedy or tragedy. The focus will vary from year to year. ENGLI202 Shakespeare's Worlds 18B (Hamilton) This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs from many other Renaissance artists. WRITE201 Applied Writing: Food Writing 18B (Hamilton) This paper uses writing about food, including recipes, memoirs, restaurant reviews and researched food writing, as the primary materials in a learning experience with an intensive applied writing focus. WRITE202 Creative Writing: Voice and Image 18B (Hamilton) This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.' WRITE203 Special Topic: Inspiring Work 18T (Hamilton) This paper examines the concept of inspiration as it applies to creative writing, and enables students to develop their writing skills through a range of creative exercises and workshop activities. WRITE205 Writing for the Screen 18A (Hamilton) This paper explores key concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: concepts, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ENGL305 Modern Medieval 18B (Hamilton) This paper examines the ways in which selected medieval narratives and themes have been re-written and re-invented in various cultural forms (including art and film) from early modernity to the present. ENGL314 Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction 18B (Hamilton) An intensive writing workshop focused on creative non-fiction. Students will develop skills in a variety of genres through discussion of course readings, workshop exercises and critique of work in progress. ENGL320 Tragedy 18A (Hamilton) This paper provides a survey of the literary genre of tragedy from Shakespeare to the present day via a consideration of plays, novels, poems and films. ENGL321 The Gothic Mode: Text and Theory 18B (Hamilton) This paper considers the complex nature of the Gothic in literature. Primary texts are approached via a range of theoretical perspectives, including gender studies/queer theory, psychoanalysis and historicist approaches. ENGL322 Special Topic: Transnational Modernisms 18A (Hamilton) This paper combines canonical and global modernisms to explore the ways in which writers in countries such as the UK, Sudan, the Caribbean, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia responded to the conditions of their modernity. FASS396 Work Placement 18D (Block) This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ENGL509 The Literature of Trauma 18A (Hamilton) This paper explores the relationship between memory, suffering and writing in the literature of war, the Holocaust, physical trauma and mental illness. ENGL531 Special Topic: Literature and the Medicalised Body 18B (Hamilton) 'Odd to think that the piece of you I know best is already dead. The cells on the surface of your skin are thin and flat without blood-vessels or nerve-endings.' - Jeanette Winterson, 'The Cells, Tissues, Systems and Cavities of the Body'. This paper explores literature's engagement with the medicalised body and mind, mapping out... ENGL546 Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment 18A (Hamilton) A writing-intensive course focused on the ways in which 'embodiment' is key in generating vital characters, shaping dramatic narratives, and crafting resonant sentences aware of the sensory impact of language. ENGL556 Writing, Research and Revision 18A (Hamilton) This paper is designed for students who wish to produce any form of non-fiction writing designed for publication, whether in the form of academic research or other environments where writing skills are required. It will equip students with drafting, revising, editing, copy-editing and proof-reading skills and give them experience i... ENGL590 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. ENGL591 Dissertation 18B (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ENGL592 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ENGL593 English Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. ENGL594 English Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ENGL800 English MPhil Thesis 18C (Hamilton) No description available.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ENGL900 English PhD Thesis 18C (Hamilton), 18C1 (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton) No description available.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 2 April 2020 10:01am