**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **English Literature** Do you have a passion for literature? Do you want to **explore the relationships between literary texts**, other media and the cultures that produce and consume them? Study English Literature at Liverpool Hope and you will encounter a wide variety of texts from medieval right through to contemporary literature. As much as possible we try to make the experience of literature come alive by not only studying texts in classrooms but also going on various **local and national field trips.** You will also be **trained to read and analyse rare books and manuscripts** from our library's Special Collections in courses on the history of the book and the history of publishing. During your three years of study, you will gain a sound grasp of the contexts and approaches within which English literature can be studied, as well as gaining a sense of the development across periods of English literature. You **expand your awareness of and sensitivity to the conventions and expectations that shape communication**, and the dynamics of these within a given text. You also develop a critical appreciation of the ways in which knowledge of other disciplines and their relationships to English literature can contribute to a deeper understanding of literature. The academic staff teaching the degree have research expertise in a broad range of fields, from late medieval to contemporary literature. We pride ourselves on offering a **challenging and stimulating degree**, and our commitment to small group teaching allows us to help each individual student to develop sophisticated analytical and communication skills through working both independently and in groups. We strive to support you in the pursuit of academic excellence. **Philosophy & Ethics** If you are interested in the big questions of life such as, ‘What values should I live by? Does God exist? Is there a purpose to life? What is justice?’ then studying Philosophy and Ethics at Liverpool Hope will help you develop your own reasoned responses to such questions. Through engaging with key texts from philosophical thought, this degree will enable you to **reflect critically on a range of complex ideas** and deeply contentious issues raised by questioning our assumptions concerning ethical and philosophical matters. Philosophy and Ethics **allows you to set foundations in philosophical and ethical thinking** and then gain a more detailed knowledge in the areas of Continental Philosophy and the Philosophy of Religion; Ethical and Political Philosophy. Religion and Philosophy provides you with a broad knowledge and understanding of six major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam); the philosophical approach to religion; and religious and philosophical approaches to truth. This degree will strengthen your reasoning skills central to philosophical argument, and an important transferable skill. It **builds your ability to use sources intelligently**, think critically and make your case with logic and depth. The sustained philosophical enquiry equips you to engage with the pressing questions of our time.