LT705-4-SP-CO:
The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways

The details
2019/20
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
15
20 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA W800 Creative Writing,
BA W801 Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W401 Drama,
BA W402 Drama (Including Year Abroad),
BA W403 Drama (Including Placement Year),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW24 Drama and Literature,
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ42 Drama and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA P303 Film Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA W620 Film Studies,
BA W623 Film Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA PQ32 Film Studies and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW26 Film Studies and Literature,
BA QW27 Film Studies and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ32 Literature and Sociology,
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QL23 Literature and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q210 English and Comparative Literature,
BA Q211 English and Comparative Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA P520 Journalism with Business Management,
BA P521 Journalism with Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA P522 Journalism with Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P580 Journalism and Politics,
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P582 Journalism and Politics (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This interdisciplinary module serves several functions. Firstly, students will develop an understanding of their degree in the context of the wider world and specifically the graduate jobs market. Students will come to understand the employability and career-development opportunities that are available to them during and after their time at Essex, and they will begin the life-long process of continuous professional development with a firm grounding in the practical skills and reflective practice involved.

The module is divided into two parts: career-development learning led by Lynne Jordan from the Employability and Careers Centre (E&CC); and Speaker Weeks, when a LiFTS member of staff will interview guest speakers about their careers in fields that are allied to the arts and humanities. These will cover a range of career areas that may be of interest to humanities graduates in general: from media, arts, journalism, education, publishing, to entrepreneurship in related areas. These weeks are intended to be inspiring but also full of practical tips and ideas, with an emphasis on showing how careers develop over time, and what pathways students can explore to get to where they want to be; as well as what kinds of extra-curricular activities students can engage in now to open more doors professionally before and after graduation.

In the career-development learning part of the module, students will cover topics such as the Graduate Labour market, the Humanities graduate, self-reflection and personal development, and how to research and apply effectively for jobs. Skills such as CV writing and interview technique will be covered. Two-hour interactive lecture/seminars will introduce students to careers resources and ideas, but will also include discussion and group work.

There will be an opportunity throughout the module to reflect on disciplinary differences, as well as the connecting threads of critical analysis, research skills, creativity, writing ability, language and communication that connect arts and humanities subjects, and make the Humanities or Arts graduate a sought-after employee. The title of the module derives from the fact that every subject in the Department requires an engagement with writing on some level, and an understanding of the role that written and verbal communication serves.

Finally, students will have the opportunity to work together in small groups to prepare a 10 minute presentation on an aspect of the module that interests them.

Module aims

To have some understanding of the graduate labour market for an arts and humanities graduate and how to research the opportunities within this market

To reflect on the function of each of the subjects accommodated by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies (LiFTS), and examine their relationship to one another, and how the knowledge, skills and cognitive abilities that they foster can be related to professional fields and careers in the labour market

To reflect on, and develop the key communication skills held in common by all the subjects in LiFTS

To take inspiration from the world of work and consider its relationship to their current study and to their own career development

To begin to develop the practical skills, including reflection and self-representation, that will give students the best advantage in achieving their career goals

Module learning outcomes

An understanding of the nature of the student’s discipline/s, how they relate to the rest of the Department, and to the Humanities more generally

Enhanced oral and written communication skills

Knowledge of the creative industries and career paths available to graduates in literature, film, theatre studies and creative writing

Align personal strengths, skills and experience to a real-life job profile using professional language and appropriate format

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Weekly two-hour seminar

Bibliography

  • White, Harrison C. (1993) Careers and creativity: social forces in the arts, Boulder, Colo: Westview Press.
  • Cottrell, Stella. (2015) Skills for Success: Macmillan Education UK.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Reflective Writing (1500 words) 21/02/2020 30%
Coursework Curriculum Vitae 27/04/2020 40%
Practical Group oral presentation 25%
Practical Participation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Various
LiFTS General Office - email liftstt@essex.ac.uk. Telephone 01206 872626

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information

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