This course invites students to study some of the best texts ever written in the English language, from medieval through to contemporary, and to consider not just their authors and the social and cultural contexts of their work, but also the language they are made of. You will study a dynamic and challenging subject, explore diverse aspects of past cultures and gain a rich perspective on current issues. Over the course of your degree, you will develop your knowledge of British, European and international history. In addition, students study non-literary texts and learn how language is used in social, political and institutional contexts in order to shape knowledge, control public opinion, build community or distribute power. Another component of this course concentrates on the history of English, where students learn how the language has evolved from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present.