English (2020)

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)

    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.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI100Telling the Story20A (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 epic of Gilgamesh to Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
    ENGLI101Adaptations20B (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI200Global Fictions20B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines literary responses to the contemporary world, where countries and peoples are increasingly interconnected. We will study international writing that grapples with issues associated with gender, race, technology, terrorism, and climate change.
    ENGLI201Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques20A (Hamilton)
    This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms. In 2020 the focus will be on utopian and dystopian writing and the way in which literature gives voice to the dreams and fears of humanity.
    ENGLI202Shakespeare's Worlds20C (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.
    WRITE201Applied Writing: Food Writing20A (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.
    WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image20B (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.'
    WRITE203Special Topic: Inspiring Work20G (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.
    WRITE205Writing for the Screen20B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores foundational concepts in writing for the screen and develops practical skills in the application of these concepts during workshop sessions. The paper is organised around four main topic areas: world-making, characters, structures, and scenes/sequences. Students will produce a portfolio of writing, including pro...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI300Theory Matters20A (Hamilton)
    This paper reads primary literary texts through a range of theories of literature, including historicist approaches, deconstruction/post-structuralism, gender studies, psychoanalysis, and theories of narrative and representation.
    ENGLI301Genre Studies: Challenging Forms20B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an intensive study of specific literary forms such as tragedy, travel writing, autobiography, and crime writing. The focus will vary from year to year.
    ENGLI302Modernisms20A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores canonical modernist texts of Europe and North America. It also examines exciting new developments in transnational modernisms that broaden the temporal, geographical and stylistic scope of modernism.
    ENGLI303Looking Back: Reading Now20B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary readers and the reception of historical literary texts. In 2020 the focus will be on 5 iconic English novels from 1847 onwards.
    WRITE300Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction20A (Hamilton)
    This course explores the key elements of creative non-fiction writing, engaging with a variety of non-fiction texts including memoir, biography, the personal/lyric essay, and auto/biographical meta-fiction.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI509The Literature of Trauma20A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the relationship between memory, suffering and writing in the literature of war, the Holocaust, physical trauma and mental illness.
    ENGLI531Special Topic: Literature and the Medicalised Body20B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores literature's engagement with the medicalised body and mind, mapping out the arts' responses to medical advances from the 1900s to the present. We will study public and literary reactions to such things as germs, vaccinations, nervous disorders, cancer, and tuberculosis, looking too at current political usages of...
    ENGLI590Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    ENGLI591Dissertation20B (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ENGLI592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ENGLI593English Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ENGLI594English Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    WRITE501Writing for Publication20A (Hamilton)
    Writing for Publication will focus on writing for professional publication, examining the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of published output. Students will read examples from a variety of fields, including fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising and digital media, and scholarly/acad...
    WRITE546Creative Writing: Writing and Embodiment20A (Hamilton)
    A writing-intensive paper 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.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI800English MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI900English PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am

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