CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE: GENDER AND SEXUALITY - 2021/2
Module code: ELI2012
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This module sets out to look at how a range of contemporary literature is constructed around issues of gender and sexuality. Using prose, poetry and drama written by men and women from Britain and North America it explores what it means to write about masculinity, femininity and desire and, indeed, how these concepts affect form and determine meaning. The module provides a theoretical underpinning that will enable students to construct links between contemporary texts and relevant theories.
School of Literature and Languages
PALMER Beth (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: Q323
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Week 1: Introduction to key feminist, queer and gender theories
Week 2: Annie Proulx’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’
Week 3: Alice Munro’s Open Secrets
Week 4: Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory
Week 5: Jeffrey Eugenides’s Middlesex.
Week 7:Grace Nichols, The Fat Black Woman’s Poems
Week 8: David Mamet’s Oleanna
Week 9: Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body
Week 10: Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty
Week 11: Overview
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY (1500 WORDS)||50|
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 group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry. It also assesses subject knowledge related to contemporary literature and how it engages with issues of gender and sexuality; and cognitive/analytical skills in understanding how relevant theories affect the way in which gender and sexuality are understood.
The essay and exam assess subject knowledge related to contemporary literature and how it engages with issues of gender and sexuality; cognitive/analytical skills in understanding how relevant theories affect the way in which gender and sexuality are understood; transferable skills in group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry, and time management.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· 1500-word essay (deadline in Week 8)
· 2-hour exam
Formative assessment and feedback
· Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar
The deadline for the essay is normally in Week 8. Students receive both written feedback and verbal feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the exam.
- deepen and widen students' knowledge of contemporary literature;
- increase knowledge and awareness of how literature engages with issues surrounding gender and sexuality;
- develop an understanding of relevant theories;
- further students' skills in terms of IT competency, written communication and oral presentations;
- introduce students to self-reflexive Enquiry Based Learning;
- strengthen students' ability to undertake analysis and critical thinking;
- develop further skills in independent study and group work and the ability to work to deadlines.
|1||Have a wide and relatively sophisticated understanding of contemporary literature||K|
|2||Have knowledge of and ability to analyse how literature engages with issues of gender and sexuality||K|
|3||Have an understanding of how relevant theories affect the way in which gender and sexuality are understood||C|
|4||Use group networking resources in an e-learning environment||P|
|5||Have a good level of oral presentation and written communication skills||T|
|6||Undertake self-reflexive enquiry based work||T|
|7||Have a good level of skill in analysis and critical enquiry, as well as in independent study||T|
|8||Have good time management skills||P|
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 deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to contemporary literature and how it engages with issues of gender and sexuality; and develop cognitive/analytical skills in analysing how relevant theories affect the way in which gender and sexuality are understood. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in group networking resources in an e-learning environment; oral presentation and written communication; self-reflexive enquiry based work; analysis and critical enquiry, independent study; and time management.
This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 5, is designed to continue the delivery of subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills, with a greater emphasis on student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion and rhetorical ability.
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|English Literature BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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