SEL2206 : Contemporary Cultures
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Robbie McLaughlan
- Lecturer: Dr Anne Whitehead, Dr Hannah Durkin, Dr Stacy Gillis
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to a broad range of contemporary texts drawn from a wide range of genres which may include fiction, film, poetry, drama, graphic novels and television.
To explore relevant theoretical models (most notably in terms of class, gender, race, geography and medical humanities) in relation to contemporary culture.
To analyse the representation and articulation of these themes in selected texts and within specific social, cultural, historical, intellectual and economic contexts.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module will explore identity at the margins of contemporary culture. Twentieth and Twenty-first century modernity is heralded as a global interconnected landscape, within which members of society are encouraged to consider themselves as participants in wide-ranging and above all inclusive cyber and social networks. This interconnectivity is not only – or even primarily – geographical, but concerned with ideological and economic formations of the human body and identity. This module locates and discusses those figures who have fallen between the cracks of modernity, in order to demonstrate how, for a great many, contemporary culture is a space of isolation and alienation. The module will mobilise ideas of waste, in all of its critical potential, in order to place texts within a broader social context. We will look at waste in terms of ecological change and the detritus produced by contemporary culture, but also with regard to a more conceptual understanding of the word in the wasted lives, ambition and opportunities of certain social demographics.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||38:00||38:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||35:00||35:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce students to the knowledge outcomes, as listed. 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.
Between the lecture and the seminar students will participate in a self-directed study group where they will discuss topics relevant to the module and respond to set readings.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||A||75||Comparative essay (3000 words).|
|Written exercise||2||M||25||Close Reading exercise (1000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The close reading exercise (1000 words) will be on selected extracts. It will allow students to demonstrate their skills in close reading/textual analysis. The final essay (comparative reading of 2-3 texts) will test both their knowledge of contemporary cultures and their understanding of critical issues and positions.