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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to contemporary literary and cultural theories which will engage them in the central questions about the place of writing in culture. The genres of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction, as well as popular genres, are studied in relation to their cultural significances and their participation in cultural formation.

Unit content

Week 1  Topic 1: Introduction to Literary Studies

Week 2  Topic 1: Literary Studies and its Major Theories

Week 3  Topic 2: Reading The Tempest Over Time

Week 4  Topic 3: Realism and the Novel

Week 5  Topic 3: Realism and the Novel: Jane Eyre

Week 6  Topic 4: Modernism and the Changing World

Week 7  Study Break

Week 8  Topic 4: Modernism and the Changing World: Poetry and Short Fiction

Week 9  Topic 5: Postcolonial Studies

Week 10 Topic 5: Postcolonial Studies: Wide Sargasso Sea

Week 11 Topic 6: Postmodernism

Week 12 Topic 6: Postmodernism: Only the Animals

Week 13 Review Week

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate an understanding of the basics of contemporary literary theory in relation to a range of written texts
2 apply relevant theories to a variety of written texts and understand the contexts in which texts can be read and critiqued
3 recognise different kinds of written texts in terms of their origins and structures and the ways in which they may generate meaning
4 appreciate and apply appropriate research and referencing to academic writing.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basics of contemporary literary theory in relation to a range of written texts
  2. apply relevant theories to a variety of written texts and understand the contexts in which texts can be read and critiqued
  3. recognise different kinds of written texts in terms of their origins and structures and the ways in which they may generate meaning
  4. appreciate and apply appropriate research and referencing to academic writing.

Prescribed texts

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