Module Catalogue 2018/19

SEL2207 : Modernisms

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Niven
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Byers
  • 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



•To introduce students to modernist literature and film and the critical debates surrounding them.
•To introduce students to the changes in literary form and practice that occurred during the first forty years of the twentieth century.
•To encourage close analytical and critical reading of texts.
•To encourage consideration of the political and historical contexts within which writing and film are produced.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins by situating the emergence of modernism within its late-nineteenth century contexts. Across the module we will study some of the major works of prose and poetry of the period, and examine the then major contexts for the emergence of distinctively modernist form and content. The emphasis throughout will be on the significance of formal innovation and experimentation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be able to engage critically with the following:

1. The history of modernist literature and film and critical debates surrounding them.
2. Issues of formal innovation and the connections and disjunctions between form, content, and contexts.
3. Issues surrounding the reading and interpretation of modernist texts.
4. Issues surrounding the political, cultural and intellectual contexts in which texts are produced.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be:
1. Able to assimilate information from a number of sources
1. Able to critically compare and contrast different texts and contexts
2. Able to identify and explore issues relating to the social and political construction of texts
3. Able to respond critically to linguistically and semantically challenging texts
4. Able to exercise and develop a sensitivity to verbal and visual creativity

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Present
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Problem Solving : 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 ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading12:002:00Film Screening
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading185:0085:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Student-led study groups develop this knowledge and enable the practise of skills. Seminars further develop knowledge and enable the practise of skills, namely close textual analysis and interpersonal communications.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M301200 word essay
Essay2A702800 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written assignments assess knowledge of primary and contextual materials studied on the module, critical and analytical skills, close reading skills, writing skills, the ability to compare and contrast, and knowledge of the whole module.


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.