Module Catalogue 2018/19

SEL1004 : Introduction to Literary Studies II

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jennifer Orr
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module provides an introduction to Literature in English up to c1825. Students are introduced to a range of issues and approaches which will be developed at stages 2 and 3: the varieties of writing in English including poems, plays and novels, and some non-canonical writing from the early periods up to c1825; the cultural and political contexts in which those texts are produced and read, and a range of relevant critical practices. beyond that, students will be invited to explore the relationship between texts and contexts, and how texts might be read in relation to particular generic expectations.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus is provided at the beginning of the semester, and is subject to some variation annually depending on staff availability

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, chosen not only for their intrinsic value and interest but also their ability represent the developments noted in 1.
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
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.
6. communicate the outcomes of 1-5 effectively orally and in writing.
7. reflect critically on one's own intellectual processes.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Present
  • Self Management
    • Self Awareness And Reflection : Present
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Present
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading185:0085:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes and to a number of staff in the literature section, many of whom are involved in either this module or Introduction to Literary Studies I. Seminars provide an opportunity to practice the skills outcomes outlined above, including oral presentation. Study Groups provide students with the opportunity to discuss topics relevant to the module and respond to the set reading.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 word essay
Essay2A502000 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log2AStudent-led peer review of Essay 2 plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module supports students in developing written argument, refining their research skills and producing well-evidenced argumentative essays. It does so by setting two essays of equal length and equal weight, one half-way through and one at the conclusion of the module. This strategy recognises the chronological breadth of this module and ensures students are independently examined on medieval and early modern material, followed by a separate work on 18th & 19th century material. Students will also be required to complete a formative assessment as prep for Essay 1 and to conduct a peer review of a draft of their second essay. These exercises will allow students opportunities for feedback before completing their summative assessment.

Further, experience of the 2 long-essay format introduces students to the longer essays they will be required to write at Stage 2.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 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 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.