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Module

SEL2203 : Revolutionary Britain, 1789-1832

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Michael Rossington
  • Lecturer: Dr Bysshe Coffey, Mr Jonathan Quayle, Dr Meiko O'Halloran
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To explore the many dynamic ways in which late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century authors rewrote and expanded the identity of the British nation - reacting to major historical events such as the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars and using their writing to reflect, re-shape, and transform society. Throughout the module, we will explore how writers of the Romantic period used a wide range of genres - including novel, poems, essays and political prose - to address themes of nation, religion, gender, class, nature, the past, conflict, the poet and human relationships.

Outline Of Syllabus

Starting with the responses of British writers to the French Revolution in the 1790s, we will go on to examine the further re-shaping of literature in Britain after the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1814. Writings by many of the following authors will be studied: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Percy Shelley and William Hazlitt.

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 materials331:0033:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading198:3098:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:3013:30Synchronous seminars.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity71:007:00Students will be required to meet in study groups for one hour in Weeks 2-8.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00Assessment advice and feedback sessions.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00These introductory and concluding 1-hour talks will include time for Q&A.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials introduce students to the knowledge outcomes.

Synchronous seminars develop this knowledge further and provide a structured learning space where students practise the skills of close textual analysis, critical debate and the evaluation of critical positions.

Module talks at the start and conclusion of the module are vital to give students a clear sense of the module's aims and scope, and its intended knowledge and skills outcomes.

Students need time to complete the formative essay and the summative essay as well as the reflective piece.

Seminar tutors will allocate students to self-directed study groups with the expectation that the group meets in advance of their seminar in Weeks 2-8.

To get the most from this module and to prepare adequately for the drafting and finalising of their assessments, students will need to undertake research and reading as advised in the lecture materials and reading lists.

Students will be invited to drop-ins/surgeries with staff for assessment advice and feedback.

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
Prof skill assessmnt2A15A 250-word reflective piece of writing about the student's participation in the module.
Written exercise2A85A 2,500-word essay on the work of two authors, one from the first part of the module, the other from the second.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MThis will be an essay of 1,000 words on the work of one author from the first part of the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The mid-term formative essay on the work of one author studied in the first part of the module will allow students to use the feedback to help them prepare the summative essay.

Students are required to submit a 250-word piece of writing in which they reflect on their participation in the module. This will be taken into account when the seminar tutor awards a mark for participation. The assessment of participation in seminars encourages students to engage consistently with all aspects of the module.

The end of semester summative essay on the work of two authors, one studied in the first part of the module, the other in the second, ensures engagement with the entire module. In this summative essay students will be able to draw on the research and writing of their formative essays and the feedback they received on it.

Reading Lists

Timetable