The aims of this module are:
• To promote independent learning, critical thinking, and support students in developing an individual academic voice.
• To practice essential skills – such as structuring a clear argument, providing accurate references for secondary sources, and constructing, sustaining and concluding an academic essay.
• To engage in close reading and contextualize primary texts within their contexts (cultural, historical, social, political).
By the end of this module students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate the ability to research, design, construct and conclude an academic essay.
B. Deploy an initial analytical and critical vocabulary for the discussion of literature.
C. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and aims of literary criticism.
D. Apply the above knowledge and skills in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays.
E. Demonstrate a basic ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to the discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (lectures and seminars). Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge of literature and critical methodologies. Seminars are discussion-led and develop skills in close reading and critical practice.