Literature and contemporary culture have never been merely sources of entertainment. From Shakespeare to Salman Rushdie, literature has played a powerful role in shaping society. It has been censored and sponsored, used as propaganda and for protest. This course lets you study the links between society and its cultural forms of expression. If you want to explore how political events and tensions are reflected in literary texts, and how literature and culture influence the political world, this course is the perfect choice. You’ll be immersed in an environment celebrated for its association with literature and be part of a world-famous School. You’ll graduate ready to work in arts management, media, publishing, teaching, charities and NGOs, or to go on to postgraduate study. During your degree you’ll develop your ability to think critically as well as creatively, and take an interdisciplinary approach to cultural and political inquiry. Through lectures as well as group discussions, workshops, projects and independent research, you’ll learn to problem-solve, listen sensitively and speak with a confident voice of your own. Employers look for these important skills, and we’ll support you to differentiate yourself in your future career. You’ll also be offered the chance to enhance your studies by applying for a work placement or to do a research project. And you can spend a semester abroad, giving you experience and contacts that will set you apart from others. Through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll engage in in-depth discussion of topics, led by academics who are active researchers and practitioners in their field. Examining literature and its social and political context will give you a unique perspective on contemporary politics and culture. In the first year you’ll look at the essential debates, theories and approaches of the three disciplines, exploring the ways in which they interact. As you progress, you’ll specialise, building a programme of modules to suit your aims and interests. After the first year, you’ll choose from a huge selection of optional modules from across both UEA Schools. In the final year you’ll continue to shape your own curriculum, and can carry out substantial research on a topic of your choice by writing a dissertation.