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Undergraduate Course: Writing the Body Politic (ENLI10193)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will examine a selection of texts exploring the reinvention of cultural identity in American poetry from Walt Whitman to the present day. The course encompasses such broad cultural and intellectual movements as "Transcendentalism", "Modernism" and the "Postmodern". The term "body politic", while inescapably cultural and political in its primary emphasis, is also intended to felicitate discussion of those issues of sexuality and gender that inflect cultural and political subjectivities.
Course description In addition to the skills training common to all English Literature Honours courses (essay writing, independent reading, group discussion, oral presentation, small-group autonomous leaning), see Learning Outcomes for further expansion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) one hour per week Autonomous Learning Group
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 course essay of 2,500 words (30%);

mark for Class Participation (10%);

1 take-home examination essay of 3,000 words (60%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in relation to the reinvention of cultural identity in American poetry from Walt Whitman to the present day.
  2. Speak and write fluently about these issues in relation to the primary texts and the American socio-historical contexts in which they are embedded.
  3. Apply a range of different speculative and intellectual contexts (such as 'transcendentalism', 'romanticism', 'modernism', 'regionalism', 'postmodernism' and 'post-colonialism') to the primary texts under discussion and evaluate the relation between these movements over the last 180 years.
  4. Reflect constructively on good learning practice.
  5. Articulate how their own thinking about key course issues has developed.
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Special Arrangements Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks; plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for 1 hour a week - at time to be arranged
KeywordsENLI10193 Writing Body Politic
Course organiserDr Lee Spinks
Tel: (0131 6)50 3616
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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