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Degree in English Literature

Degree in English Literature


Degree in English Literature - BA (Hons)

Description of the English Literature Programme

The Department of English Literature of DEI College, aims to educate students on the study of English language, theoretical and applied linguistics, English literature and culture, theory, criticism, and comparative literature.

The programme is devised to help students, through the study of basic knowledge, to acquire a strong theoretical background, critical ability and research skills at higher levels of study. At the same time, the knowledge of English language and culture and the moral responsibility and sensitivity in matters of gender are emphasized. In addition, the students’ critical attitude towards cultural practices and various ideologies is encouraged.

The Undergraduate Programme in English Literature is offered in collaboration with the University of Sunderland. It is addressed to candidates who wish to acquire a broad knowledge of the movements of literature and the types and genres of language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Graduates of the department will have acquired a highly respected degree, which will help them in the business world where they can apply for competitive positions.

DEI College students have access to the College library and, the University of Sunderland e-libraries. They also enjoy free participation in DEI College seminars and a privileged discount card at various stores and services.

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Why should I choose the English Literature Programme at DEI College, Thessaloniki?

  • Constantly updated curriculum, which is in line with the needs of the market
  • Excellent understanding of the essence of literary texts and the values ​​and trends that influence them
  • Language fluency and development of skills for individual study and self-directed learning
  • Excellent learning of English terminology
  • Development of intellectual and transferable skills that are an important resource in one’s professional career
  • Fully trained and highly qualified teaching staff to guide and help students understand their subject of study in depth
  • Possibility of free English language learning
  • Recognized study programme by the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom
  • Possibility of full-time or part-time study, depending on the needs and abilities of each student
  • A wide range of modules to acquire the necessary knowledge for a future career
  • Obtaining a competitive degree for the market
  • Large percentage of professional activity of the graduates 
  • Fully English-language programme that facilitates career prospects abroad

Career Opportunities

The University of Sunderland is one of the UK’s leading universities in terms of student employability. Upon successful completion of their studies in English Literature, the graduates are equipped with skills that can be used in a variety of work environments.

They are able to understand and analyze complex ideas, as well as to present their thoughts clearly and logically. This will trigger a career in areas such as public administration, education and research, journalism, publishing, text editing, social media and advertising.

Course structure

The course structure of English Literature in Thessaloniki at DEI College can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or in 6 years of part-time study. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and research, while assessment methods include papers, research, presentations, and written examinations.

Below are presented in detail the modules of the first year of the school of English Literature:

  • The Writer’s Craft: Developing your skills

    Students will examine the three main literary genres, that is poetry, prose and drama, and will consider specialization in creative writing. In the module they will study fiction and short story writing, the requirements of the form in which they are writing, including writing for media (radio, television and cinema), as well as script writing for drama.

  • Order from Chaos: Narrative and Poetry

    Students will be introduced to literary study and become familiar with basic approaches and skills for understanding and analyzing narrative and poetry, in texts that cover a variety of topics, such as the supernatural, crime, consciousness, revenge, technology, and environmental disaster.

  • Stages and Pages: Drama and Criticism

    Students will be introduced to the analysis of drama and the use of different types of criticism, especially in relation to theater. Through various works, a series of texts will be examined, from classical philosophy to modern theatrical writings, while modern and older ideas around drama will be discussed. Finally, students will explore how drama is transformed into the final performance.

  • Language in the 21st Century

    Students will be introduced to the study of language. As the title of the module suggests, this study is firmly placed in the context of late modernity, after ascertaining through various subject areas what human language is and how the acceleration of the global flow of people and technological change affect its forms and functions.

  • Describing Modern English

    Students will focus on a set of tools for describing and analyzing English in a detailed and systematic way. Students will have the opportunity to combine the knowledge gained from the module “Language in the 21st Century”, and to extend their studies to the main “levels” of language description, applying their knowledge of morphology, syntax, phonetics, phonology and semantics of English to all language genres.

  • The Writer’s Journey

    Students will be introduced to writing structured creative prose. In the module, Campbell’s “Monomyth” will be presented, which will be used as a benchmark for the ways a “Best Seller” can be created, as well as a literary analysis template.

Below are presented in detail the modules of the second year of the school of English Literature:

  • Questioning Literature: History and Theory
    English Literature students will take a thematic approach and each week they will have the opportunity to address a central issue in literary history, criticism, or theory. The module aims to develop basic skills and knowledge, and to encourage interactive discussion based on critical excerpts and short literary texts.
  • Refocusing Literature: Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism
    Students will be introduced to the main theoretical approaches of literary criticism. Each week, using a combination of primary and secondary theoretical texts, students will have the opportunity to study a different approach and apply it to one or more short literary texts, evaluating the ideas and limitations of theory.
  • Literature of the Victorian Age
    Students will study the great poets and novelists of the Victorian period from 1847 to 1891. The module will explore topics such as marriage, money, social class and mobility, rural and agricultural life, city life Victorian social codes and the position of women. The aim of the module is to understand the relationship among the author, the text, the reader and the world.
  • Literature from the Inferno to Paradise: The Renaissance
    Students will study the European transition from the Medieval to the Renaissance ways of thinking. The literary texts will be studied in relation to the political and cultural context of the Elizabethan age and 17th century England.
  • Contemporary Sociolinguistics
    Students will study the causes of linguistic variation and change. They will focus on the relationship between language and society, exploring how social variables such as gender, age, social status, and geographical location influence linguistic variation and change, as well as the role of language attitudes and ideologies.
  • How to write like Tolkien: Archetypal Literature From Homer to Harry Potter
    Literature, and in particular fantasy, continues to include archetypal characters. Students will examine the ways in which a number of texts have been based around this notion of monomyth, and they will be encouraged to develop the skills and techniques used by writers to model their work on a monomythic structure.

Below are presented in detail the courses of the third year of the school of English Literature:

  • Monster, Madness, and Mayhem: Gothic Literature
    Students of English Literature will explore modern Gothic fiction, both literary and theoretical, focusing on a range of Gothic “monsters”, from vampires and werewolves to serial killers and terrorists.
  • Advanced Studies
    For their dissertation, students will produce a long piece of writing of eight thousand words and will give a presentation on their work. Students are asked to use the research skills they have acquired throughout the program and to show original insight into the topic they have chosen.
  • Shakespeare
    Students in their third year will be introduced to a wide range of Shakespearean plays. The course covers all the main genres in which Shakespeare worked: Comedy (e.g. A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night); Tragedy (e.g. Othello, and Macbeth); History (e.g.Richard II and Henry IV Part 1); and Romance (e.g. The Tempest).
  • Language and Gender
    Students will explore the way in which feminist research on gender and language has developed since the 1970s. A wide range of work will be examined, including empirical studies of spoken interaction, accounts of sexist language, and recent work on discourse and the construction of gender identities. In particular, the effects of ‘second wave feminism’ will be studied, looking at arguments relating to post-feminism and how masculinities have been represented.
  • Writing the Novel
    Students will be encouraged to develop a holistic view of the requirements for writing a novel, such as ‘the elastic storyboard’. On completion of the module, they will be able to progress their idea using the skills and knowledge gained and will have an understanding of how to submit a submissions packet – sample chapter, synopsis and covering letter.

* Modules may change each year.

Academic Staff

The academic staff of DEI College consists of experienced instructors with high educational and professional qualifications. Their professional involvement in this field encourages students to develop their critical thinking, so that they can create their own new career opportunities, while at the same time they can meet the challenges of the field. The academic staff’s specialization in global issues and trends, such as, competition of demand, strategic planning, quality of services and knowledge of the subject, offers ideal help for the students’ future development.

Programme Summary Information:

Classes start: October

Language of instruction: English

Free English lessons start intensively in early September with 6 teaching hours per week and continue throughout the year with 2 hours per week.

Registration documents

-High school diploma

-ID Card

-English Language Degree (if available)

-College Registration Application (to be completed at the College or Online)

Are you interested in a successful career in the field of English literature?

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