ENG-30080 - Writing at the Borders: Migrant and Refugee Narratives
Coordinator: Mariangela Palladino Tel: +44 1782 7 33397
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours:
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2018/19

English Dual Honours (Level 6)
English Major (Level 6)
English Minor (Level 6)
English Single Honours (Level 6)
English and American Literatures Single Honours (Level 6)
English with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2018/19

The module aims to enable students to challenge received views of refugee narratives, postcolonialism and diaspora studies and to attain a theoretical understanding of the literature on migration. Also, it will familiarise students with critical frameworks around issues of space and identity, eco-diaspora, transnationalism, and globalisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate relevant theoretical methodologies and arguments: 1,2,3
appraise contemporary fiction, poetry, and visual texts in light of their cultural contexts: 1,2,3
demonstrate detailed knowledge of the range of texts representing migrants┐ journeys and their experiences in the country of `sanctuary┐: 1,2,3
use critical and contextual sources effectively, and understand key scholarly debates in this area: 1,2,3
use appropriate scholarly referencing systems and present written work in a scholarly manner: 1,3
articulate oral responses to texts and react sensitively to the responses of other students: 2
collaborate with other students to produce coherent oral responses to study questions: 2


Study hours

20 Hours Seminars; 40 hours of seminar preparation; 30 hours preparing and writing the short paper; 60 hours preparing and writing the essay.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 20%
Short paper
1,200-word assessment. Students will write a short essay on one of the primary sources.

2: Class Participation weighted 10%
Class participation
Students' engagement in class

3: Essay weighted 70%
Major critical and contextual essay comparing at least two texts from the primary sources; these must be different from those chosen for other assessments. Students will research and write a 3,500-word essay.