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SEL3098 : Special Topic: 20th Century Literature

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to:

-Develop students’ knowledge of a specialised area of 20th Century Literature;

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

-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 20th Century Literature 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 20th Century Literature as it is broadly understood in terms that might include the study of poetry, fiction, drama, film, and/or essays 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 20th century literature as whole (be they theoretical, contextual and/or critical).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion189:0089:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion165:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M401500 words. in course essay.
Essay2A60end of module essay - 2500 words
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 esay 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