At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both English Literature and Sociology. In the English Literature element of the course, engage imaginatively with a wide range of contemporary and historical literature, focusing particularly on tradition, innovation, and diversity. At Keele we know that English literature is literature written in English, and this can originate from many places: the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. So at Keele, you’ll explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures and historical periods and explore a range of approaches to literary study. You’ll consider the historical, sociopolitical, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry and drama from the medieval period to the present day. You might explore links between literature and film, or engage with exciting new genres such as the graphic novel. You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as the importance of story, the novel, writing for the screen, post-colonialism, depictions of maternity and scandal. This part of the course will mean you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills – in research, oral and written communication, presentation – as well as excellent opportunities for the future. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language. For the Sociology element of the course, we study societies, social issues and problems, and the ways in which they impact upon the lives of individuals. We are interested in how our lives are shaped by relationships with other people, institutions, habits, and ways of thinking that make up the complex societies in which we live. Our course will provide you with a grounding in the core concepts of Sociology, develop your skills in carrying out social research, and enable you to explore a range of important social issues. Our course covers topics such as social inequalities, culture, identity and belonging, families and households, health, religion and belief, the media, and crime and deviance. Beyond these topics, we are also concerned with the role of consumer culture in our lives; processes of globalisation; urban development; issues around environment and ecology; migration; and how social media influences our relationships and understanding of the world around us. Studying Sociology will enable you to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about the issues that shape our everyday lives and our futures. We will encourage you to develop sociological explanations for the wide ranging changes taking place in the contemporary world and think about potential solutions to urgent social problems. Studying this course will encourage you to become an imaginative, creative, and pragmatic thinker who is able to think about problems critically with a view to working out practical solutions. This varied skill set is useful for a wide range of occupations and professions, including social care, the health sector, and advertising.