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SML1218 : Introduction to Literature - Part 2

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


- To introduce you to two different types of text: poetry and the novel.
- 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 2 only.

Outline Of Syllabus

There are 17 contact hours in the module, all of them obligatory:
- Each week there is a one hour seminar in language groups (i.e. 11 hours of seminars).
- There are additional one hour plenary lectures (i.e. 4 hours of lectures).
- There are 2 additional individual "surgery hours".

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00see below.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00see below.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00Assessment 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100The examination will require to write a commentary or an essay on one of he two genres studied in semester two (novel or poetry).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SML1018Introduction to Literature2N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MAdditionally you will write a practice commentary essay in semester 2. This will be on the short story.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination will require students to write one essay of a choice of three on a specific text or genre. They will be asked to produce a logical and reasoned argument showing their understanding of the specific text and the issues it raises.

Format of resit: 90 minute exam as per original assessment

Reading Lists