Module Catalogue 2016/17

SEL1003 : Introduction to Literary Studies 1

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Dubois
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module provides an introduction to selected texts and literary movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students are introduced to a range of issues and approaches which will be developed at stages 2 and 3: the varieties of writing in English, the cultural and political contexts in which texts are produced and read, and a range of critical practices. Students are invited to explore the relationship between texts and contexts, and how texts might be read in relation to particular generic expectations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will typically include weeks focussed on the following:

The C19 Novel;
C20 Poetry;
American Literature;
C20 Film;

and will involve the study of key texts from the nineteenth and twentieth century. Particular attention will be paid to historical and social context and to different critical approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

1. The cultural and political contexts of literary produdction.
2. A range of genres and literary movements.
3. The current debates informing the critical study of literatures (including film) from the nineteenth century onwards.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Ability to develop and practice skills in the analysis of texts.
2. Ability to grasp the interplay between texts and contexts.
3. Ability to exercise a sensitivity to verbal creativity.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Independence : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading185:0085:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to learning outcomes (and incidentally to the staff of the literature section, all of whom are involved in either this module or its partner module, ILS 2). Seminars provide the opportunity to practice the skills outcomes outlined above, including oral presentation.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M201000 words
Essay1A702000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1A10Attendance and participation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M750 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative Essay 1 is designed to assess students' ability to structure an argument, as well as their ability to engage with secondary material. Summative Essay 2 is designed to assess students' ability to write a critical essay that makes an argument about the text, uses secondary criticism, and that, as part of its argument, engages with aspects of literary form and style. Half of the mark for Summative 3 for attendance and participation is awarded on the basis of attendance, which includes punctual arrival at seminars. The second half of this mark is awarded on the basis of participation in seminars and study groups. Together these activities enable students to develop written communication skills and to develop their ideas about and understanding of the subject and the core academic skills of research and analysis associated with it.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 16/17. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.