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SML1118 : Introduction to Literature - Part 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


- To introduce you to two different types of text: the short story and the play.
- To show and enable you to practise critical approaches to these different types of text.
- To equip you with tools for close reading and textual analysis.
- To enable you to develop critical, widely contextualised, and theoretically informed approaches to the subject.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of the texts to be studied and no previous experience of studying literature to Advanced level is necessary.

This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 1 only.

Outline Of Syllabus

There are 18 contact hours in the module, all of them obligatory:

- Each week there is a one hour seminar in language groups (i.e. 12 hours of seminars).
- In semester 1 in weeks 1–3 and 5–6, there are additional one hour plenary lectures (i.e. 9 hours of lectures).
- There are additional individual "surgery hours" (i.e. 2 hours of surgery).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00see below.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00see below.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0081:00Assessment preparation & Completion (50) Directed research and reading (60) Independent study (20)
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1018Introduction to Literature
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The mixture of general lectures for all students, text-specific materials on Blackboard, and language-specific seminars in which passages or extracts from the set texts are analysed in depth allows students to get a general overview over different genre while honing their analytical skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100On the play. 2000 words (check handbook for details).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MAdditionally you will write a practice commentary essay in semester 1. This will be on the short story.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. The assessed essay will allow students to demonstrate their ability to produce a close reading and critical analysis of a specific passage of text and to show their understanding of how the specific passage relates to and reflects the wider text.

Format of resit
- Essay as per original assessment

Reading Lists