Comparative Literatures and Cultures

Our comparative literatures and cultures degrees offer a range of unique perspectives on the discipline, drawing on textual, cultural and visual studies, as well as translation, philosophy, history, social science and critical theory.

Students on the joint honours degrees with a modern language add an international perspective to their studies by spending their third year abroad.

Why study Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Bristol?

Our degrees are taught by the School of Modern Languages in collaboration with other departments and schools in the Faculty of Arts, giving you a wide choice of optional units about literature, culture and history across the world.

We have an international reputation for research and scholarship which informs our courses at all levels.

For those taking joint honours courses with a modern language, professional language teaching is provided by experts at beginner and advanced levels. You will also study the culture, politics and society of the countries where your chosen language is spoken.

Our courses are designed to support your development as an independent learner and allow you to explore your individual interests. Students at Bristol benefit from a state-of-the-art multimedia centre with access to more than 2,000 films, a mini cinema, foreign satellite channels, a magazine library and a recording studio.

Bristol is an exciting city in which to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres, and a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Bristol's comparative literatures and cultures courses will suit bright, imaginative, hard-working students with an international outlook and a fascination with literature, culture, and society.

Our students have wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and a desire to open their minds to cultures of different periods and geopolitical contexts.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. You will be expected to participate in small-group teaching and may be asked to give introductory talks to initiate discussion.

Assessment methods are varied and include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, debates, case study explorations, reports and dissertations.

Language assessment consists of formative and summative assessment composed of various elements, such as grammar, translation, writing, and oral skills.

Students on joint honours courses with a modern language will spend their third year exploring the culture and society of their host country while studying at a partner institution, teaching English or undertaking a work placement. This year is assessed via written and filmed project work.

What are my career prospects?

Our programmes encourage skills that are highly valued by employers, such as intercultural understanding, analytical and critical thinking, clarity and self confidence in communication, an aptitude for collaborative work and creativity.

Many careers necessitate the cultural understanding you will gain during your studies. Bristol graduates from similar courses have entered careers in teaching, translating, academia, finance, industry, publishing, the media, law, travel and British and international civil services.

Comparative literatures and cultures graduates develop an international outlook and experience that is sought after by employers internationally.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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