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Unit information: Literature and the Politics of Gender in 2021/22

Unit name Literature and the Politics of Gender
Unit code ENGL20120
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. April Gallwey
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This course will look at how gender and sexuality have been explored through works of literature from the medieval period, up to the present day. It will introduce students to the history and politics of the modern women’s movement and key ideas from Feminist literary theory and studies of masculinity. It will also discuss more recent developments, such the inclusion of LGBTQ+ voices in fiction, and the exploration of Black/Afro Feminism, which locates considerations of gender, class and ethnicity in a global perspective.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

1. Analyse texts that foreground issues of gender and sexuality across different historical periods

2. Understand and critically apply theories and ideas from varying Feminist/Gender theory perspectives

3. Communicate and evidence observations in relation to gender and literature within seminars

4. Demonstrate skills in textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation appropriate to level I/5.

Teaching Information

The unit will taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery over a period of 10 weeks. The teaching will include mini-lectures, small group discussions, self-directed exercises and presentations.

Assessment Information

1x 4000 word essay [ILOs 1,2 and 4] (100%)

Formative presentation (0%) [ILO 3]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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