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Undergraduate Course: Introducing Literature 1 (LLLG07026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

Do you want to study literature but feel like you lack the skills? Do you need to re-master the fundamentals? Combining study skills such as note taking and essay writing with close reading, this course provides strong foundations for the further study of literature. We begin with Charles Dickens' Great Expectations before discussing some key poetry and finish with Oscar Wilde's ground-breaking play, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Course description WEEK 1: Introduction to Study Skills: time management, reading: close and skim
Introductory lecture followed by brainstorming: How to analyze a novel
WEEK 2: Mind-maps and note-taking
Great Expectations Lecture followed by discussion
WEEK 3: Writing a literature essay I: Preparation, planning and writing
Great Expectations
WEEK 4: Writing a literature essay II: Presentation, bibliography and using Turnitin
Great Expectations
WEEK 5: Library visit: Finding secondary source material for the essays
Poetry: Introductory lecture Brainstorming: How to study poetry
WEEK 6: Practice close reading: Poetry
Scottish Poetry
WEEK 7: Review practice essays
World War I Poetry
WEEK 8: Practice practical criticism: Drama
The Importance of Being Earnest lecture
WEEK 9: Practice practical criticism: Prose
The Importance of Being Earnest
WEEK 10: Essay planning workshop
The Importance of Being Earnest
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have acquired the skills to:
* write in a variety of ways from critical evaluations to thematic answers (students will not be allowed to write the same type of essay twice);
* confidently discuss a variety of texts and genres;
* assess literature based, to a certain extent, on their own close reading;
* place literature in its historical context;
* understand a broader notion of tragedy in literature;
* express the differences between dramatic text and dramatic performance.
Reading List
* Dickens, Charles. 1994. Great Expectations, Harmondsworth: Penguin.
* Wilde, Oscar. 2008. The Importance of Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays, Oxford: Oxford World┐s Classics.
* Poetry will be provided to download via LEARN
* Alexander, Michael. 2013. A History of English Literature, London and Basingstoke: Macmillan.
* Northedge, Andrew. 2005. The Good Study Guide, Milton Keynes: Open University.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Study skills e.g. note-taking, essay writing, critical analysis
* Close reading of passages from the texts
* Small group working
* Setting literature in historical, social and political context
* Advance preparation of material for class including reading and essay work
* Wide reading
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Course organiserMs Rachael King
Course secretaryMrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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