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Module

SEL2202 : Writing New Worlds, 1688-1789

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr James Harriman-Smith
  • Lecturer: Dr Joseph Hone, Dr Laura Kirkley, Dr Leanne Stokoe
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To study writing produced in Britain and the Atlantic world during the ‘long’ eighteenth century.
To develop students' ability to consider literary texts in their historical and cultural contexts; to analyse textual form and content in detail; and to communicate their critical responses to these texts in speech and writing.

Many genres and forms will typically be considered – fiction, drama, poetry, children’s literature, travel writing, life writing, and so on – and this material will be placed in its historical, cultural and social contexts. The overarching intellectual aim of the module will be to enable students to understand how encounters with new peoples, places and ideas were reflected in, mediated by, and sometimes actually created in, literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

Module teaching will take the form of lecturer-led sessions and interactive tasks. Lecturers will offer introductory overviews of the period, specific introductions to texts, and a set of concluding review observations.

The texts set for the module may change from year to year, but they will usually include fiction, poetry, children’s literature, drama, travel writing and life writing, spanning the period from the 1680s to 1780s.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials84:0032:00Online asynchronous activities
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities170:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Present-in-person supplementary activities on two weeks' material
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Online asynchronous reflection on the week's materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Assessment Q&A drop-in
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Online synchronous discussion of the week's material
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials provide an overview of contextual and critical debates, either for specific texts or for the period more generally. Structured guided learning and on-line contact sessions offer the opportunity to link these to detailed engagement with the texts. Independent study is essential to equip students to engage with other learning methods. Workshops enhance supplement students' understanding of specific texts and provide additional opportunities to hone academic skills.

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
Essay1A100A 3000-word keyword essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MA 1500-word keyword essay on a limited number of module texts
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A mid-module, 1500-word formative essay will provide students the opportunity to practise writing on eighteenth-century material and constructing their own argument in response to a keyword prompt. Extensive feedback and support will be provided.

The end-of-module 3000-word essay will also take the form of a keyword essay, allowing students to consolidate the skills honed in the formative in order to make an argument that embraces the breadth and depth of material on this module.

Reading Lists

Timetable