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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Undergraduate Course: Reading Theory 2 (ENLI10424)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to key issues, concepts, and developments in literary theory and criticism. Students will consider how these concepts have been thought and written about at different times in history and their relevance to the contemporary world. They will be encouraged to reflect on the critical reading skills they have already gained during the degree, and given concepts and vocabulary to develop these further.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality; Identity & Difference; Environment
Course description The course will be delivered via a weekly lecture and three 90-minute workshops. Following an introductory week, the course will be organised into three distinct blocks, each addressing a set topic (e.g. 'gender and sexuality'; 'identity and difference'; 'environment'). To allow for leave patterns, recruitment, and developments in theory, these topics will be modular, i.e. an old topic replaced by a new one without disruption to the course. Students will receive three lectures on each topic and attend a workshop at the end of each block.

The course will be taught by a team of nine lecturers, working in teams of three with a responsibility for a particular block of lectures. Each member of the course team will also take responsibility for one workshop; the students will remain in the same workshop groups, ensuring consistency. The purpose of the workshops will be to help students work towards the assessment.

In the week prior to each workshop students will meet in Autonomous Learning Groups of five to prepare a task which will feed into the workshop. These will be formative events, with an emphasis on verbal feedback and peer review of tasks either prepared during the ALG meetings or undertaken during the workshop.

In this course we will be discussing content that may be traumatising to some students. We believe in the importance of engaging with this material and so please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure you can participate fully and demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes of the course, without compromising your wellbeing or your academic development. If you have concerns at any point we invite you to approach the course organiser to discuss how we can best support you in your work on this course. We affirm that you will be treated with dignity and respect in all discussions and at every stage of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) AND Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) AND Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025) OR Scottish Literature 2A (ENLI08022) AND Scottish Literature 2B (ENLI08023)) OR ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016) AND English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework:
Assignment 1: 1,600 word critical summary and review
Assignment 2: 1,600 word critical summary and review
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on each assignment after 3 weeks The feedback for assignment 1 will therefore be available in time for students to prepare for assignment 2. The workshops will also be oriented towards providing verbal feedback and peer review feedback.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of concepts in literary theory and criticism, including how these concepts have been thought about at different times in history;
  2. Apply relevant theoretical concepts to the study of literary texts;
  3. Critically review how these concepts apply to the study of literary texts;
  4. Work with peers in a workshop setting to develop key research skills.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Confident critical thinking skills, including the ability to define, understand and assess evidence from multiple sources to make balanced, reasoned judgements;

2. Flexible self-management capabilities including taking responsibility for learning, by using a range of study skills including digital skills, collaborating and supporting others, managing a workload;

3. Confident communication capabilities in Autonomous Learning Groups and workshops, with the ability to exchange information in different ways including verbal, non-verbal and in written form;

4. Flexible collaboration and teamwork.
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Course organiserDr Kate Ash-Irisarri
Tel: (0131 6)50 8930
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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