The Department of English contributes to many programmes and also offers a major in the Dual Major BA. For students enrolled in programmes that need English modules to improve students’ language skills, Practical English modules are offered at first-year level.





Practical English 1 A

This module introduces students to the basic skills required for academic reading and writing. Study material will be selected for relevance to the student’s specific programme of study


Practical English 1 B

This module will develop the reading and writing skills introduced in AENG121.

Study material will be relevant to the student’s specific programme

A student who achieves 60% overall for AENG121 and AENG122 may progress to second-year English on condition he or she undertakes a prescribed course of extra reading which will be assessed orally during the first semester of English II.

In order to enrol for the first-year English language and literature modules, AENG111 and AENG112, a student must have achieved at least 50% for English as a first additional language in Matric. These modules comprise the first year of a major or minor in English in the Dual Major BA degree (ABDEG1). They are also required by students enrolled in the B Tourism degree (ARDEG1) and are electives for students in the BA in Correctional Studies (AJDEG2). Students enrolled in the B Ed degree in the Faculty of Education may also take some or all of these modules, since they comprise suitable content for future teachers of English, provided they follow the rules of progression spelt out under Condition 7 of the Dual Major B.A., and reiterated under NB below.





English 1 Part A

This module introduces students to the basic features of literary genres as well making them aware of some of the features of the English language and developing their reading and writing skills to an academic level.


English 1 Part B

This module develops and builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in AENG111, exposing students to slightly more complex literature and language features.



English 2 Part A

This module will advance students’ skills in academic reading and writing. It will focus on the contexts of English literature as well as on relevant texts from all four main literary


English 2 Part B

Building on AENG211, this module will continue to focus on the contexts and texts of English literature in order to further develop students’ skills in argument and interpretation. The module

genres and will further develop students’

skills in argument and interpretation. The module will also focus on more advanced aspects of language than in the first year in order to provide students with appropriate linguistic skills and knowledge.

will also further students’ understanding of the

contexts, development and structure of the English language.



English 3 Part A

This module will introduce students to the basics of criticism and to the main critical contepts and theories througha practical examination of various texts to which these concepts and theories will be applied. Regarding the study of language, the discipline of phonology will be examined. This is the study of the sound-system of the English language.


English 3 Part B

This module will examine a selection of texts in order to identify the dynamics of language, culture, and identity in literature; it will also develop a critical awareness of relevant socio- historical contexts, and of our positioning as readers of verbal representations of these contexts. Regarding language, the module will examine English syntax, the branch of language studies that deals with the grammatical arrangement of words and morphemes (non- divisible speech elements) in sentences.


English 3 Part C

This module will provide a historical and theoretical introduction to examples of a range of English novels. The module will also provide an introduction to the study of English semantics, or the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationships between sentences, words and their meanings.


English 3 Part D

This module will provide a historical and theoretical introduction to examples of the range of Southern African literature in English, in order to locate this literature in relation to world literature. The module will also introduce students to the motivations for language learning.

NB Students may not normally proceed to the second semester at any year level without having completed the first semester. Moreover, without explicit permission from the Head of Department, students may not enrol for second-year English modules until they have passed two first-year modules; and they may not enrol for third-year modules until they have passed two second-year modules.

Honours course (AHON08) Admission requirements

In terms of regulation G29(2), a candidate who has achieved a mark of less than 60% in English III will not normally be admitted to the degree.

The degree may be taken full-time (one year) or part-time (normally two years). Students are required, in consultation with the Head of Department, to choose FIVE papers from the following list:

Paper 3/1


English Renaissance Literature

Paper 3/2


English Romantic Literature

Paper 1 (AEN510) English Language Studies Paper 2 (AEN520) Literary Criticism and Theory Paper 3 (AEN530) Period Studies

Paper 4/1


African Literature in English

Paper 4/2


Southern African Literature in English

Paper 4.3


American Literature

Paper 4 (AEN540) Area Studies

Paper 5/1


The Primal Vision: Mythopoeic

Paper 5/2


Gender Studies

Paper 5 (AEN550) Thematic Studies

Paper 6/1



Paper 6/2



Paper 6/3

Paper 6/4




Travel Writing

Paper 6/5


Life Writing

Paper 6 (AEN560) Genre Studies

Paper 7 (AEN570) Studies in World Literatures Paper 8 (AEN580) Writing Topics

Paper 9 (AEN590) Special Research/Mini-thesis


  1. The options offered in any year will depend on the availability of Staff as well as on student interests.
  2. Any of the main headings (i.e., those whose code numbers end with ‘0’) may be subdivided.
  3. A student is welcome to choose two or more papers under any heading.
  4. After consultation with the Head of Department, a student may offer a paper on a special topic or author (AEN590). In this case, a mini-thesis (not exceeding 20 000 words in length) may replace ONE of the examination papers.

Duration of Course

See General Rule A14.3


One three-hour paper for each course

Master’s Degree (AMAS08)

A dissertation on an approved subject

Doctorate (ADPH08)

A thesis on an approved subject