This module is mainly taught by a native speaker through five hours per week of practical classes using materials from written, audio and video sources, and grammar classes. You’ll be given exercises in comprehension, translation, guided composition writing, and presentations in the target language. You’ll build on skills acquired in the preceding module – Serbian/Croatian 1 – with more emphasis on independent learning and preparation, and developing abilities to break down complex linguistic structures in order to facilitate comprehension and communication skills.
Serbian and Croatian History 1804-1941
You’ll examine developments in the political, social and diplomatic history of the Serbs and Croats from 1804 to 1941 and relate it to broader developments in Europe and the Balkans. Topics for study include the Ottoman and Habsburg imperial systems in the Balkans, development of national ideologies and establishment of independent Balkan states, internal social and political change in the 19th century, Great Power rivalry and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, and tensions within the Kingdom of Serbs. You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures and seminars studying for this module.
Serbian and Croatian Literature in 20th century
You’ll examine major literary movements in Serbia and Croatia during the 20th century, from Modernism to the socially engaged literature of the 1930s, Socialist Realism, literary politics under the Communists in Yugoslavia and the emergence of critical literature in the 1980s and 1990s. You’ll also undertake a textual analysis of representative works from 20th century literature; for example, works by Milos Crnjanski, Ivo Andrić, Miroslav Krleža, Danilo Kiš and Slobodan Selenić. You’ll spend around two hours per week studying in lectures and seminars.
Covering the basics of the Slovene language along with the fundamental elements of Slovene grammar, this module allows you to develop aural comprehension, oral and written communication and the ability to translate simple texts from and into Slovene. The module is based on a textbook, supported by additional materials, and taught by a native speaker in four hours per week.
History of Yugoslavia in 1941
The aim of this module is to examine developments in the political, social and diplomatic history of Yugoslavia after 1941 leading towards an understanding of the reasons behind the collapse of the country and subsequent violence in the 1990s. You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures and seminars studying for this module.
You must choose three modules in English covering at least two of the following areas:
Literature 1500 to the present
Each of the modules offered will provide a comprehensive introduction to the changes in the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the period studied, placing the works encountered in the context of key aesthetic, social and political/historical contexts.
English language and applied linguistics
Building on the study of English language undertaken in year one, your second year language modules provide the exciting opportunity for you to explore aspects of language use in the mind, in society and in literature.
Medieval languages and literatures
You can choose to pursue one or more of the medieval areas introduced in year one, or you can opt to study a new but related area. In all cases you will develop your understanding of language change and variety, registers, styles, modes and genres, as they appear in medieval texts, and become more expert in reading with reference to wider medieval cultures.
Drama and performance
Year two modules provide the opportunity to develop approaches from the first year by studying 20th and 21st-century theatre; by exploring key critical approaches to drama in theory and practice, and by focusing on a key period in the development of our nation’s theatre.
For a sample of typical modules from each area please see our single honours BA English listing
In your third year of study you will spend the academic year abroad in a Russian speaking country, you will be supported by our Year Abroad officer in preparation for this period in Year Two.
You have the option to undertake a study or a work placement, to be agreed in advance by the school. If you are taking a second Slavonic language, you will be able to divide your time to cover the countries of both languages.
Please see the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad webpage
Serbian and Croatian 3
Covering advanced grammar of the literary and spoken languages you’ll have exercises in summarising texts in the target language, comprehension of both written and spoken material, translating from and into Serbian/Croatian, guided composition writing and oral presentations in the target language. You’ll spend around two hours per week in practical classes studying for this module
Serbian/Croatian for Business Purposes
The module is taught by a native-speaker and focuses on different registers of language. You’ll be introduced to the complexities of formal, semi-formal and informal communicative skills, with cultural and social factors influencing usage and consequences of wrong usage. You’ll spend two hours per week in practical classes involving extended role plays in which you’ll have to perform a variety of different linguistic tasks including writing business letters, report writing, minute taking, and simultaneous translation at meetings.
Slovene Translation and Comprehension
Covering basic knowledge of the Slovene language and grammar, this module develops your aural comprehension and oral communication skills which will enable you to translate simple texts from and into Slovene. The module is taught by a native speaker and you’ll spend two hours per week in practical classes supported by textbooks and additional materials.
Varieties of the Serbian/Croatian Languages
Taught by a native speaker through two hours of practical classes each week, this module allows you to develop your understanding of different varieties of language in the target culture particularly as they are manifested by different regional and social groups in relation to certain basic principles of sociolinguistic analysis.
The final year is when all the different strands of your teaching and learning experience as an undergraduate culminate in the opportunity to demonstrate and apply all the different kinds of skills you have acquired in researching a topic, extended analysis of specialist themes and areas, and in independent study.
You will have the opportunity to study a range of authors, genres, linguistic approaches, and textual forms and contexts, in both national and international contexts, thinking about English in the broadest possible terms. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas for which you have developed genuine aptitude and passion during your undergraduate career.
A typical list of options available can be found on our single honours BA English listing