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 Second Year Courses

Second Year Courses

For students in the second and third years of their BA studies, the English Department offers the English as a major subject. The modules covers a wide range of topics in English literature, film and media studies, and the study of culture in different contexts.

Please note that the two major courses in each year are worth 20 credits. The elective courses are worth 10 credits.

First Semester

ENG 211 Africa and the World  

Ngugi, The River Between: ISBN 9780143107491

Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun:  ISBN 978007200283

Bulawayo, We Need New Names: ISBN: 9780316230810

African poetry: reader


ENG 224 Film & Media Studies (Elective) [10 CREDITS]

In this course students will learn to analyse several contemporary and classical films using a number of theoretical approaches; as well as develop a critical understanding of a range of issues in South Africa's contemporary media landscape.

Second Semester


Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats: course reader

19th century short fiction: reader

19th century poetry: reader

Shelley, Frankenstein ISBN 9780141439471 

Bronte, Wuthering Heights ISBN 978014143955-6

Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ISBN: 9780141439648

ENG 223 Reading the Environment (Elective) [10 CREDITS]  NOT OFFERED IN 2017

This module explores the writing and representation of the eco-social environment, and develops an approach to environmental literacy asking questions such as "What is your relation to the built environment, to plants, animals and waste?", "Is there a connection between the exploitation of women and ecological degradation?", "How is poverty and environmental exploitation linked?

Texts: McCarthy, C. The Road 

Course Reader



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