THEORIES OF READING I - 2018/9

Module code: ELI1010

Module Overview

The module gives students the necessary methodologies for undertaking close reading of literary texts and a self-aware understanding of their own subject positions in so doing. It provides wide coverage of different forms of literary theory and sets this alongside discussions of how to carry out critical analyses on literary texts. The module acts as a basis for levels 5 and 6 where the theoretical knowledge and application skills will be reinforced.


 


 

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MATHIESON CE Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: Q323

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content

  
Week 1: Before Theory—The Rise of English

Week 2: Before Theory—Formalism

Week 3: Structuralism

Week 4: Structuralism

Week 5: Essay-writing

Week 6: Psychoanalytic Theory

Week 7: Psychoanalytic Theory

Week 8: Marxism

Week 9: Marxism

Week 10: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism
Week 11: Module Review and Revision

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework CRITICAL ANALYSIS (500 WORDS) 25
Examination EXAM: 2 HOURS 75

Alternative Assessment

NA

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

 

Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in working as part of a group and practical/professional skills in expressing ideas and critical analysis in oral communication. It also assesses subject knowledge in the different forms of critical theory used in English literature and cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in using theory in the close reading of literary texts.

 

The critical analysis and exam assess subject knowledge in the different forms of critical theory used in English literature and cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in using theory in the close reading of literary texts. They also assess practical/professional skills in expressing ideas and critical analysis in written communication and transferable skills in working independently. 

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Critical analysis (500 words)

·         Exam (2 hours)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar

 

The deadline for the critical analysis is usually in the middle of the first term. Students receive both written feedback and verbal feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the exam.

Module aims

  • a range of critical theory;
  • the skills necessary for using that theory;
  • how to apply theory to literary texts, in particular through the process of close reading;
  • skills in oral and written communication;
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a seminar group.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand the different forms of critical theory used in English Literature K
2 Use theory in the close reading of literary texts C
3 Carry out analysis and critical thinking C
4 Express ideas and critical analysis in both oral and written communication P
5 Work independently and as part of a seminar group T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to introduce the student to subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to the different forms of critical theory used in English Literature and develop cognitive/analytical skills in using theory in the close reading of literary texts and in critical thinking.  The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in expressing ideas and critical analysis in oral communication, and in working as part of a seminar group (T).

 

This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 4, is designed to introduce students to subject knowledge through the lectures and further resources on SurreyLearn. SurreyLearn also enables students to develop IT skills in accessing and utilising resources. Seminars, in which students are expected to have done core reading and to discuss this in class, serve to ground this subject knowledge further and to give students a reasonable level of attainment in cognitive/analytical, practical/professional and transferable skills. Discussions in seminars and workshops aim to give students further practical and transferable skills in working with others and in using rhetorical skills for argument.

The learning and teaching methods include:


1 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
1 hour seminar per week x 11 weeks



 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THEORIES OF READING I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli1010

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.