Bring your love of literature to the world of politics on Southampton Solent’s unique BA (Hons) English and Politics degree. The course combines an exciting critical and practical focus on the study of English and politics, along with an emphasis on employability, helping you develop sought-after skills to help build your literary career. During the course, students will examine the impact of political and social change on writing through the ages, from literary greats such as Shakespeare, through to 19th-century novelists and contemporary political writers. Students will also have the chance to explore wide-ranging topics from political biography through to literary censorship and political representation in novels, TV and film. As learning progresses, students develop the key transferable skills, such as critical-thinking, analysis and communication that are highly valued by employers. Employability is a key focus - to complement their studies and gain valuable employability skills, students are expected to complete 100 hours of work experience. Students will be supported to secure their own placement, with previous students working in publishing houses, media agencies, schools and nationally-renowned historical archives. The University’s in-house agency, Solent Press, will also enable students to work on professional editorial assignments to deadline and develop writing, editing and layout skills through producing and publishing their own politically-engaged writing. The course also has a study abroad option, enabling students to expand their knowledge of politics in other cultures by studying in either Europe or Canada.