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ESH6044

Livelihoods in English

Level 6 (0 credits)

Livelihoods in English provides students with opportunities to consider and make action plans for the transition from university to working life. The module engages with a wide range of possible futures, where you would draw on what you have learned during your undergraduate studies. In this module, you will research career and further study opportunities for graduates of English, You will be asked to think about  different professions, volunteering, and freelance work, as well as social enterprises and creative startups. The module will ask you to consider what opportunities there are for you and how you can best prepare yourselves for these. The module will draw significantly on the experience and expertise of guest contributors from a range of professions and businesses. You will be asked to work with other students in small online groups, and also to undertake individual research tasks.  This will culminate in the development of an individual livelihood 'Flight Plan' full of concrete plans to prepare for your future.  Livelihoods in English encourages you to draw upon the thinking you have done on your degree about the values, ideologies and practices of the cultural and media industries, and to use that thinking to make empowered choices about work and livelihood. The module will be taught via a series of weekly online workshops in semester 1. Students will liaise with their personal advisors in Semester 2 to discuss their Flight Plans. The module is assessed on a pass/fail basis. To pass you need to engage regularly module activities throughout semester one and complete your  individual livelihood Flight Plan.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Livelihoods in English provides students with opportunities to consider and make action plans for the transition from university to working life. The module engages with a wide range of possible futures, which would draw on what you have learned during your undergraduate studies. In this module, you will research potential careers as well as further study opportunities for graduates of English, You will be asked, for example,  to think about  different professions and also freelance work, as well as social enterprises and creative startups. The module will ask you to consider what opportunities there are for you and how you can best prepare yourselves for these. The module will draw significantly on the experience and expertise of guest contributors from a range of professions and businesses, within the format of an online workshop.  You will be asked to work with other students in small online groups and share your findings, and also to undertake individual research tasks.  This will culminate in the development of an individual livelihood 'Flight Plan' with concrete plans to help you to prepare for your future.  Livelihoods in English encourages you to draw upon the thinking you have done on your degree about the values, ideologies and practices of work within different contexts, and to use that thinking to make empowered choices about your future work and livelihood. The module will involve  weekly online workshops in semester 1. Students will liaise with their personal advisors in Semester 2 to discuss their Flight Plans. The module is assessed on a pass/fail basis. To pass you need to engage fully and regularly with module activities throughout semester 1 and then complete your  individual livelihood Flight Plan.  You might find it useful to consult :

'5 Unexpected Career Path for English Graduates' https://www.fish4.co.uk/career-advice/5-unexpected-career-paths-english-graduates/

'What Can you Do with an English Degree?' https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/what-can-you-do-english-literature-degree

  


There are no additional costs anticipated for  this module.

 
Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester 1
Assessment

1. Flight Plan (500 words), 100%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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