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SEL3096 : Special Topic: Modernism (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to:

-Develop students’ knowledge of a specialised area of Modernist literature from the period 1890s-1930s;

-Deepen their understanding of a range of texts, texts that could include both canonical and non-canonical.

-Connect these insights with an appreciation of the significance of relevant conceptual and contextual approaches.

The module will be taught by a new colleague, to be appointed later in the spring, who will be invited to devise a module addressing these questions that are central to the study of Modernism in a way that is informed by their own specialist expertise.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module gives students the chance to pursue the study of a specialised area of Modernist Literature as it is broadly understood in terms that might include the study of poetry, fiction, drama, film, essays, and/or other forms of print culture in a variety of modes and voices.

Staff expertise will determine the focus of the special study, but in all cases the module will give students a detailed engagement with debates relevant to the study of Modernism as whole (be they theoretical, contextual and/or critical).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion165:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading188:0088:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity111:0011:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge and enable the practise of skills, namely close textual analysis and interpersonal communications. Study groups give students a chance to develop independent study and prepare for the seminars in terms that give them genuine ownership over the material.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M40Essay 1
Essay1M60Essay 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course essay will ask students to concentrate on one particular text studied in the first half of the module and will be focused on close reading.

The end of module essay will ask students to write a comparative essay comparing two different texts.

Offering a mix of modes of assessments (close reading, comparative/contextual analysis and a reading of a single text) and ensuring good coverage of the texts on the module, the assessment will focus students upon detailed aspects of the material in terms that connect their ideas with the module’s broader thematic content.

Reading Lists