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Unit information: Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 2 in 2021/22

Unit name Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 2
Unit code ENGL21014
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Smallwood
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to support students in continuing to run a reading group in a community setting, or at their work place. Where the group established in earlier units was unsuccessful and/or where it has been discontinued for any reason, students may undertake to set up a new group as part of this unit. This is the final practice-based community engagement unit, so there will be a particular emphasis on finishing the project and on transferring the group to a student in another year or ensuring that it is able to continue independent of support.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have had opportunities to continue running a reading group; to finish and reflect on their work in this area; and to support the group in continuing beyond the unit.

Teaching Information

This unit will consist of hours undertaken at times appropriate to the placement and to be agreed with staff and/or volunteers within the particular community setting. Students will normally be expected to dedicate up to 90 hours to the reading group across the year, including preparation time and reflection. In addition, students will normally have at least two meetings with the unit director.

Assessment Information

Students will be assessed through a reflective assignment (normally of 3,500 to 5,000 words). Students will be asked to interview 2-3 members of the reading group in depth, and to record the interviews, which should cover issues such as the members involvement with the group, their wider reading, and attitudes to education before/after attending. A series of directed questions will be set to help students to structure this interview and reflect on it in detail in the assignment, in the context of what they have learnt over the past few years in running the group.


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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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