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Undergraduate Course: Introducing Literature 1 (LLLG07026)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL 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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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
  2. confidently discuss a variety of texts and genres
  3. assess literature based, to a certain extent, on their own close reading
  4. place literature in its historical contect and understand a broader notion of tragedy in literature
  5. 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
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Rachael King
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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