|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to a broad range of contemporary texts drawn from a wide range of genres which may include fiction, film, poetry, graphic novel and television.
To explore ‘the contemporary’ through the themes of ‘Identity', ‘Class’ and ‘Nation’.
To analyse the representation and articulation of these themes in selected texts and within specific social, cultural, historical, intellectual and economic contexts.
To consider the relationship between ‘prize culture’ and the canon.
Lectures and seminars will concentrate on the themes of Identity, Class and Nation and how these are mediated to consumers through the lens of ‘prize culture.’ The texts/authors studied on the module will vary from year to year according to staff expertise and may include fiction, poetry, film, graphic novels and TV. An indicative syllabus would include a range of British and American authors and directors.
For a student to successfully complete this module they will need to demonstrate that they have developed:
• An understanding of the relationship between prize culture and cultural validity as it has developed in the last twenty-five years.
• An understanding of the social, cultural, historical, intellectual and economic contexts in which texts are produced and consumed.
• An awareness of the processes by which contemporary culture is shaped by the themes of Class, Nation and Identity, and the historical and social specificity of these.
• To develop close reading skills of specific texts across a range of genres and forms
• To increase awareness of the relation between texts and their contexts (historical, cultural, social, economic)
• To evaluate different critical positions towards the texts, and for students then to present their conclusions cogently, both verbally in seminars and in written form.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||38:00||38:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||35:00||35:00||N/A|
The lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes, as listed. Seminars develop this knowledge further and provide a structured learning space where students practise the skills of close textual analysis, critical debate and the evaluation of critical positions.
Between the lecture and the seminar students will participate in a self-directed study group where they will discuss topics relevant to the module and respond to set readings.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||30||Close reading of key passage from a novel or film (1,250 word critical commentary)|
The 1,250 word critical commentary on a key passage allows students to demonstrate their skills in close reading/textual analysis whilst the 2hour exam will test both their knowledge of contemporary cultures and their understanding of critical issues and positions.
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