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Undergraduate Course: Prose Fiction in Comparative Perspective (CLLC08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is designed to introduce students to key texts and topics in the history of prose fiction in European languages, using literary texts read in English translation. Though based primarily on the novel, the course will also give students the opportunity to study other prose narrative forms such as travel writing, the novella or the short story and to reflect on the definition of these various genres and their development in different cultural contexts. The course aims to develop in students reading strategies that are sensitive to cultural and historical difference.
Course description The course is team taught, the programme varying from year to year dependent on staff availability, but the aim is to ensure that as many as possible of the language areas of the Division of European Languages and Cultures (DELC) are represented on the syllabus every year.

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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  60
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One coursework essay (2,000-2,500 words) (50%) and one two-hour examination (50%). It is not allowed to answer in the examination on topics or texts explicitly dealt with in the 1st semester coursework essay.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a variety of forms of prose narrative written in European languages and studied in English translation.
  2. Appraise texts within their historical and cultural contexts using appropriate. literary vocabulary and terminology, and a range of critical approaches, and methods of interpretation.
  3. Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and between groups of texts.
  4. Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
Reading List
see above
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Prose
Course organiserDr Bjarne Thomsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 4022
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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