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Module

SEL1003 : Introduction to Literary Studies 1

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Byers
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module provides an introduction to selected texts and literary movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 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, the cultural and political contexts in which texts are produced and read, and a range of critical practices. Students are 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 module will typically include weeks focussed on the following:

The C19 Novel;
C20 Poetry;
American Literature;
Postcolonialism;
Modernism;
C20 Film;

and will involve the study of key texts from the nineteenth and twentieth century. Particular attention will be paid to historical and social context and to different critical approaches.

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 completion135:0035:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials162:0032:00Asynchronous online lecture material and activities
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading151:4051:40N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:507:20Present in person seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Present in person module introduction
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00Online study groups and discussion boards
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery91:009:00Synchronous online drop-in
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Synchronous online seminars
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and online activities introduce students to learning outcomes (and incidentally to the staff of the literature section, all of whom are involved in either this module or its partner module, ILS 2). Seminars provide the opportunity to practice the skills outcomes outlined above, including oral presentation.

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
Essay1M201000 words
Essay1A702000 words
Prof skill assessmnt1A10Participation and engagement
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative Essay 1 is designed to assess students' ability to structure an argument, as well as their ability to engage with secondary material. Summative Essay 2 is designed to assess students' ability to write a critical essay that makes an argument about the text, uses secondary criticism, and that, as part of its argument, engages with aspects of literary form and style. The mark for Summative 3 for participation and engagement is awarded on the basis of participation in seminars (online and/or face to face) and engagement with online learning activities, including Canvas discussion boards. Together these activities enable students to develop written communication skills and to develop their ideas about and understanding of the subject and the core academic skills of research and analysis associated with it.

Reading Lists

Timetable