Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
English Combined 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)Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is designed to lead students nearing the end of their undergraduate degrees to reflect on what they have learned and the value they have gained from studying literature. It will explore the role of the humanities within society, and the ways in which literary texts engage with the wider world. It will teach students to think about the importance of language use and logical argument, and help them to recognise how language and argument can be misused. It will also help students to reflect on how the skills they have gained in their degree will be of benefit in a variety of professional contexts.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Conceive and formulate arguments about how a degree in literary studies will aid in students' employability.: 1,2Communicate the value of an education in literary studies to a wider public.: 1Demonstrate a critical understanding of how both literature and literary study engages with political and social change and the construction of cultural identities.: 1,2Recognise the importance of careful language use, and understand the ways in which language may be used for different purposes.: 2Reflect on the qualities that make an effective argument, and be able to recognise also what makes an argument flawed.: 2
20 hours classes60 hours seminar preparation70 hours assessment preparation
1: Short Paper weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
PodcastStudents will be asked to record and submit a short (c. 5-minute) individual podcast on the role of literature/literary studies in the world and/or the public role of the humanities. They will also submit a transcript.2: Portfolio weighted 80%
PortfolioStudents will submit a portfolio consisting of one short (c. 1000-word) essay on how students expect that the skills they have gained from their degree will help them in a professional context, and two short (c.1000-word) thematic essays (on e.g. the relationship between literature and race; the relationship between literature and economics), based on topics covered on the module. A list of possible topics will be provided for the latter two essays, though students will be encouraged to construct their own questions.