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Undergraduate Course: Reading English Literature (Credit Plus) (ENLI07001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is for HSS International Foundation Programme students only; it is not available to undergraduate students. Reading English Literature (Credit Plus) is designed to introduce students on the HSS International Foundation Programme to the study of English Literature. They will study literary texts in each of the three genres: prose, poetry and drama. Students will have the opportunity to read a novel, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, a play, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and selected poetry including Scottish poetry and the World War I poets. Combining study skills such as note taking and essay writing with close reading, this course will provide strong foundations for the further study of Literature at university level.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must only be enrolled by the Office of Lifelong Learning
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  12
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 49, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 48 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- read texts with perception, using language necessary to ease that understanding;
- describe a broad picture of nineteenth-century literature;
- express their understanding both orally and in writing.

They will also have developed skills for reflective independent learning, including reading texts critically, taking notes, planning and writing essays, and writing timed unseen answers.
Assessment Information
Assessment 1: unseen classroom assessment in the final week of the course, worth 25% of the total course mark.
Assessment 2: 2000 word essay (seen assessment) submitted after the course finishes, worth 75% of the total course mark.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each assessment and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Special Arrangements
Students must only be enrolled by the Office of Lifelong Learning
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Each week, one class will be devoted to study skills and two to literature.

Week one
Study skills: Time management and close reading
Literature one: Introductory lecture. Brainstorming: how to analyse a novel
Literature two: Extracts from novels: practise analysis of openings

Week two
Study skills: Principles of close reading: novel
Literature one: Lecture on Doyle
Literature two: View excerpts from film version of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Week three
Study skills: Essay writing I: planning and preparation
Literature one: Doyle: themes
Literature two: Doyle: close reading

Week four
Study skills: Essay writing II: quotations and presentation
Literature one: Doyle: character
Literature two: Doyle: close reading

Week five
Study skills: Principles of close reading: poetry
Literature one: Introducing poetry: Blake
Literature two: Poetry: Larkin and Auden

Week six
Study skills: Note taking and mind maps
Literature one: Scottish Poetry: Leonard and Dunn
Literature two: WW1 Poetry: Owen and Sassoon

Week seven
Study skills: Principles of close reading: drama
Literature one: Lecture on Wilde
Literature two: View excerpts from film version of The Importance of Being Earnest

Practice essay to be handed in

Week eight
Study skills: Exam technique
Literature one: Wilde: themes
Literature two: Wilde: close reading

Week nine
Study skills: Practice unseen
Literature one: Wilde: characters
Literature two: Wilde: close reading

Week ten
Study skills: Practice unseen review
Literature one: Revision: novel
Literature two: Revision: poetry

Week eleven
Study skills: Seen essay plan review
Literature one: Revision: Wilde
Literature two: Unseen assessment
Transferable skills Close reading of passages from texts.
Small group working and participation in seminar-style discussions.
Setting literature in its historical, social and political context.
Reflective learning.
Reading list Essential

Doyle, Arthur Conan. 2008. The Hound of the Baskervilles. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wilde, Oscar. 1998. The Importance of Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays. Oxford: Oxford World's Classics.


Alexander, Michael. 2007. A History of English Literature. London and Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Mullan, John. 2006. How Novels Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Ann Edmond
Course secretaryDr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322
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