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Unit information: Period Unit 3: 1740-1900 in 2021/22

Unit name Period Unit 3: 1740-1900
Unit code ENGL30135
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Pam Lock
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit offers an opportunity to study prose from 1750-1900. The focus will be on the rise of Romanticism and the development of the novel from Jane Austen to Bram Stoker. Other relevant prose works will also be considered, especially those that influenced imaginative writers in this century - for example, Darwin's 'The Origin of Species'. The focus will be primarily on English language fiction, but there will normally be an opportunity to study at least one novel or play in translation.


This unit aims to provide students with opportunities to extend their understanding of a broad range of prose and poetry from 1750-1900. Students will be asked to consider in depth the rise of Romanticism and the influence of the new approaches to literature this movement inspired. Students will study the development of the novel across the century, its changing place in the literary canon and in the marketplace, and its relationship to other prose forms. The unit aims to facilitate students’ ongoing and detailed appreciation of the chronology and historical development of literature in English.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. analyse a wide range of writings of the Romantic and Victorian periods
  2. critically examine a range of relevant topics (for example, politics, parody, war, and Europe
  3. place this period in the wider context of literature in English
  4. communicate their ideas about these issues effectively
  5. present a persuasive written argument

Teaching Information

The unit will normally be taught in 1 x 3-hour seminar per week for 10 weeks; each will utilise a range of teaching methods including: lectures by the tutor(s), formal and informal presentations by students, and small group discussion.

Assessment Information

1x 4000 word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-5]


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.