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SEL2218 : Research Project in English Literature & History

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module gives students the opportunity to:

1. Apply the historical and literary-critical methodologies and approaches learned at stage one to the same source.

2. Acquire specialised knowledge of a range of primary sources and then to explore and write about one in depth using historical and literary-critical approaches.

3. Develop knowledge of significant archival collections and the skills to locate, handle and interpret archival material from both hard and/or digital archives.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Research Project guides students in the investigation of primary sources (which may be hard or digital; oral as well as written) which have significance for students studying both English Literature and History. The primary sources will vary according to the interests of staff members teaching from year to year. The module focuses on reading each source both as a object of historical information and as a literary text and asks students use their skills as historians and as literary critics to developing their own interpretation of the primary source text of their choice.

In addition, students will be directed in the processes necessary for handling and interpreting an archival collection (through hands-on research-skills workshops in an archival setting where required and on how to design a project that can be achieved within the specified time-frame.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading801:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study191:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Singly and co-taught workshops will be used to introduce students to the materials they will research through a mixture of teaching and hands-on examination and to the key methodologies and concepts needed for interdisciplinary work. The fieldtrip will introduce students to a local archive which holds some of the sources being studied. Student-led group activity in preparation for workshops ensure students practise the skills needed to work towards a specified task and deadline on a small-scale each week building up to the final assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102A10N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A101000 word write-up of the presentation inc. questions asked by their audience and their responses to those questions.
Case study2A803000 word (or equivalent) case-study centred on one item within the archival collection.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Each student will produce a 3000 word (or equivalent) case-study centred on one item which demonstrates their knowledge and application of the conceptual and methodological approaches of Literature and English. The oral presentation will ask students to reflect critically on their learning on the module. They will also submit a 1000 word written version of the presentation, which will include the questions raised by their audience, their responses to those questions and any reflections on how their project has developed or changed as a result of peer- and staff-feedback. The presentation both fosters communication skills, the write-up encourages students to reflect on and respond to feedback and the case-study element allows the student to demonstrate the interdisciplinary skills they will have acquired on the module.

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