The Combined Honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject. English: English is a well-established humanities discipline, which explores the role of the written word in defining and transforming human experience. The modern discipline of English is rooted in the study of literature and the language in which it is written. Students of English can expect to study all major periods and forms of literature and to learn how to analyse literary texts by drawing on disciplines such as history, sociology and politics. The study of English develops strong critical thinking and communication skills, attributes that are highly valued in humanities graduates by employers. At the Manchester campus, the English department has access to a community of internationally renowned writers and critics through the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful of its kind in the UK. Its Creative Director is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy DBE. You will develop the necessary skills in critical thinking and communication that are of value to graduates entering a wide array of career paths. Sociology: This discipline offers an understanding of the world that emphasises the interaction between individuals, groups and social institutions. Sociology takes the view that individuals in everyday life do not have a free choice of behaviour. The discipline of sociology argues that our ‘options’ for how to behave are limited by, for example, expectations of others, responsibilities we may have, and the need to meet certain material, emotional and social requirements. We provide an excellent understanding of trends in modern British society and its relationship with global trends. As you progress through these courses, you will have increasing levels of flexibility, allowing you to pursue your own interests from a broad range of option units. This is supported by the use of innovative teaching methods, particularly interactive learning, and you will also develop a wide range of transferable skills, which will prove valuable for a wide range of graduate careers.