Module Catalogue 2020/21

SEL1004 : Introduction to Literary Studies II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kate De Rycker
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

none

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

none

Aims

This module provides an introduction to literary studies from some of the earliest works written in English up to the early 19th Century. It is of course impossible to cover ten centuries worth of literature in only one semester, but the texts we study in this module are a taster of the range of authors (from the famous to the lesser known), genres (from epic poetry through city comedy to travel writing) and media (print, manuscript, performance, and digital) that you can explore further in the second and third year of your degree. We will use these texts to develop our practices in literary criticism: how can we become 'active readers' and engage with texts which may otherwise feel culturally and aesthetically distant? This module aims to enable students to develop their skills of analysis, and to work confidently in the criticism of literary texts and cultures.

Outline Of Syllabus

NB:The specific texts taught on this module are subject to change because we have some variation in the team of lecturers who teach on this course. Students will be told in December (i.e. before teaching starts in Semester 2) which texts we’ll definitely be studying. There are roughly six texts selected to represent a range of historical periods, authors, genres, and media.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1. Show an awareness of developments in the history of English literature before c.1825
2. Show familiarity with key texts from a variety of genres, and their predominant themes and concerns.
3. Show awareness of the cultural, historical, and political contexts of these texts.
4. Show awareness of the importance of formal aspects of literary texts.
5. Show awareness of current debates informing the critical study of literature before c.1825.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to:

1. practice skills in the analysis of texts such as close reading and applying theory when appropriate
2. grasp the interplay between texts and contexts
3. exercise a sensitivity to verbal creativity and formal aspects of literature
4. research a subject using both primary and secondary materials.
5. evaluate such materials critically, and supporting claims with evidence
6. communicate the outcomes of 1-5 effectively orally and in writing.
7. reflect critically on one's own intellectual processes.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion148:0048:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00student led anthology project
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities84:0032:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity91:009:00group or individual research journaling.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00drop-in with lecturers
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time13:003:00interactive watch-party of a play
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The team taught lectures introduce students to a range of literary texts, historical contexts and critical methodologies in preparation for the rest of the course. Seminars provide an opportunity to practice the skills outcomes outlined above, including oral presentation, critical reflection, and the development of their interpersonal communication and analytical skills. This module combines the use of reading journals with study groups to allow for full flexibility and adaptability for student requirements: in the first instance students are encouraged to work as a collective to write their journal entries (thus giving them the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills), however, in case of group breakdown or lethargy, individuals can also opt to maintain their journal individually (in which case, developing their independent research skills).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M25Submission of a 1000 word research journal, reflecting on the first 6 weeks of the course.
Essay2A602,250 word essay
Report1A15750 word report on their choice of text(s) for the anthology exercise.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module supports students in developing written argument, refining their research skills and producing well-evidenced argumentative essays. The weekly reading journal will be used to model good research practices at stage one, and allow seminar tutors to provide formative feedback on independent work. Three short entries (two chosen by the student and based on their weekly study group discussion, one to be a reflective report at the end of the module) will be submitted as part of their mid and final portfolio assessments.

The first portfolio submission will include a 1,500 word review of a piece of criticism about one of the texts studied in the first half of the module. This will allow students to demonstrate their ability to analyse the merits of a critical argument, and to identify techniques that they might try to use in their own essay for the final assessment.

The second portfolio submission will include a 2,000 word essay on any of the texts taught across the module, and will allow students to demonstrate their ability to create their own argument based on close reading of literary texts supported with secondary criticism and/or historical evidence.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.