EARLY MODERN LITERATURE - 2022/3
Module code: ELI2039
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This optional module develops knowledge and skills introduced at Level 4 and gives students a wider and deeper understanding of key material from the Early Modern period of literature in English. There are two key points of continuation from Level 4: first, a sense of historical contextualisation that focuses on important political and intellectual contexts; and second, a generic pathway that covers drama, poetry, and prose.The module also ensures that students have a solid basis for understanding English literature of the Early Modern period. This knowledge will be extended and deepened through optional modules at Levels 5 and 6.
School of Literature and Languages
WYNNE-DAVIES Marion (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: Q321
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 49
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Week 1. Topic: The Renaissance I
Text: Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)
Week 2. Topic: The Renaissance II
Text: Thomas More, Utopia (1516)
Week 3. Topic: The Reformation I
Text: Speeches from the Scaffold, excerpts from Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Thomas Cranmer before he's burnt at the stake, excepts from Foxe's Book of Martyrs
Week 4. Topic: The Reformation II
Text: Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (1592)
Week 5. Topic: The Rise of Capitalism I
Text: William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1598)
Week 6. Employability Week.
Week 7. Topic: The Rise of Capitalism II
Text: Ben Jonson, The Alchemist (1610)
Week 8. Topic: The Private Self I
Text: Selection of Sonnets (Wyatt, Shakespeare, Lady Mary Wroth)
Week 9. Topic: The Private Self II
Text: Selections of poems by John Donne
Week 10. Topic: Towards Modernity I
Text: Francis Bacon, New Atlantis (1627)
Week 11. Topic: Towards Modernity II
Text: John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667)
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||Exam (2 hours)||100|
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 communicating ideas orally and in working individually and in a group. It also assesses subject knowledge in Early Modern literature and ideas of identity as well as theoretical/critical methodologies, and cognitive/analytical skills in using critical material and theoretical concepts in relation to close textual analysis and critical thinking.
Both the essay and the exam assess subject knowledge in Early Modern literature and ideas of identity as well as theoretical/critical methodologies; cognitive/analytical skills in in using critical material and theoretical concepts in relation to close textual analysis and critical thinking; transferable skills in communicating ideas in written form, and in planning and implementing timetables for essay deadlines and exam revision. The exam further assesses professional/practical skills, namely the ability to present ideas coherently under time constraint.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Exam (2-hours, 100%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar
- The module aims to deepen and expand students’ understanding of:
- English Literature of the Early Modern period;
- the conventions of literary genres in this period;
- the theoretical and critical methodologies that underpin the study of Early Modern literature;
- key writings and themes in English literature of the Early Modern period;
- individual authors’ writing;
- the development of literary, cultural, and social ideas about the self and identity
- The module aims to develop and strengthen students’ skills in:
- close reading, analysis, and critical thinking;
- oral and written communication;
- independent work (including research) and group work in seminars;
- time management through essay planning and submission.
|001||Have a wide knowledge of the key writers and themes of Early Modern literature||K|
|002||Have a wide knowledge of the way that ideas about identity develop and change during the Early Modern period||K|
|003||Have a wide knowledge of the primary theoretical and critical methodologies used to analyse these themes and ideas||K|
|004||To use critical material and theoretical concepts in relation to close textual analysis and critical thinking||C|
|005||Communicate orally in class discussions and in written form in essays||T|
|006||Work both individually and as part of a group||T|
|007||Plan and implement timetables for essay deadlines and exam revision||P|
|008||Present ideas and analysis coherently under time constraints||P|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 3
Independent Study Hours: 125
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 literature and ideas of identity in the Early Modern period and to develop cognitive/analytical skills in using critical material and theoretical concepts in relation to close textual analysis and critical thinking. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in communication and in working individually and as a group. The seminars also provide students with instruction on planning and implementing timetables, on conducting research in an organised and critical fashion, and on presenting ideas coherently under time constraint.
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
3-hour revision session in Week 12
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||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||Optional||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 2022/3 academic year.