International study

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

City of culture

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.

First-class facilities

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.

Comparative Literatures and Cultures at Bristol

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.

You will study global literatures and cultures, using methodologies from textual, cultural and visual studies, as well as from translation, philosophy, history, social science and critical theory. You will read texts in English translation, with expert guidance from teaching staff in the School of Modern Languages and from other departments and schools in the Faculty of Arts. There is 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. Our courses are designed to support your development as an independent learner and allow you to explore your individual interests.

I really enjoy the discussion-heavy seminars, where lots of interesting debates occur, and I love how contemporary some of my modules are.

Circe, BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures

Career prospects

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Our courses help you to develop 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.

Course structure

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Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops. In the first two years you will study core units such as:

  • What is Comparative Literature and How Do We Practise It?
  • Introduction to Visual Cultures
  • Popular Representation and Institutions of Culture
  • Migrations of Culture.

Those taking joint honours courses with a modern language will spend the third year studying or working abroad. This year is assessed using written and filmed project work. Throughout the degree, language classes are taught by expert language teachers.

In your final year, you will undertake an innovative independent research project on a topic of your choice, working closely with an academic supervisor. The project will consist of two elements:

  • you will research and compose an extended essay on your chosen subject.
  • you will have the chance to think creatively about how you might disseminate your research findings to a non-specialist public, presenting your ideas for this at a ‘Comp Lit and Cultures Final Fair’.

Assessment methods are varied and include presentations, essays, exams, collaborative projects, reports and dissertations. Language assessment consists of formative and summative assessment composed of various elements, such as grammar, translation, writing, and oral skills.

Global experiences

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The joint honours courses allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, politics and society of the countries where your chosen language is spoken, through both study and travel.

You will spend your third year exploring the culture and society of the host country while studying at a partner institution, teaching English or undertaking a work placement, providing you with an inspiring authentic experience.

For more information about the year abroad visit the Centre for Study Abroad.

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