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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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00Recorded lecture videos each teaching week for students to listen to and respond to before each PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:0010 hours of PIP seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities111:0011:00Key reading tasks with questions to prepare each week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:002 hours of drop in surgery offered both PIP and on Zoom
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study461:0046:00Free reading on topic with peers. Student-led discussion. Other independent research and study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Guided independent study themed to the week’s lecture and seminar topic.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introductory recorded module talk (40 mins).
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1018Introduction to Literature
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (in the form of recordings) will provide essential introductions to the set texts and their authors and to their literary genres (short story, play, novel, poetry) more widely. They will also offer guides to the use of literary terms. Students will be expected to work through the lecture materials and accompanying directed reading/viewing which will be clearly signposted on Canvas.
Evaluation from last year showed that a majority of students appreciated the online elements as part of the module contact hours and the blended learning mode of teaching showed to be very effective as it allowed students time to reflect in their own time.
In seminars, students will analyse the chosen texts in detail, working through specific questions and specific extracts; emphasis will be placed on close literary analysis, and they will be given support to develop and practise their skills.

Students will be expected to carry out guided independent reading and to prepare questions – of a simple but also more extensive nature – in advance of seminars.

The module talk will provide an introduction to and benchmark of the module and its teaching methods (that students can refer back to) and the Q&A will facilitate debate around the key topics and issues in the module.

The drop-in sessions will be mainly to go through assessment queries in person.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 word essay, in English
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay in semester 2 assesses students’ ability to write about the novel or poetry studied in semester 2, using the terms taught and the skills practised throughout the academic year. The students will be expected to analyse the text(s) in detail and in depth and to use detailed examples.

The students will be given essay writing guidance and offered drop in sessions to support them.

Reading Lists