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Unit information: Chaucer and Chaucerians in 2021/22

Unit name Chaucer and Chaucerians
Unit code ENGLM0078
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Baden-Daintree
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will focus on a range of medieval texts by Geoffrey Chaucer, and a selection of contemporary or later texts that are in dialogue with Chaucer’s example, or which have preceded him. The unit will facilitate detailed study of Chaucer’s poems, and of various writers who followed, imitated, and strove to outdo him, for instance John Gower, Thomas Hoccleve, James I, and Robert Henryson. Students may read a number of Canterbury Tales, as well as Chaucer’s dream visions, and his masterful love poem, Troilus and Criseyde.

The aim of the unit is to give students a good grounding in Chaucer’s poems, and enable them to assess Chaucer’s influence on later literary tradition.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1.demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of literary texts;

2. apply an understanding of critical and theoretical reading to specific issues articulated in the designated literary texts;

3. discern different critical perspectives on the literature studied;

4. identify and present pertinent evidence to develop a cogent argument;

5. demonstrate skills in textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation, using evidence from primary texts and secondary sources.

Teaching Information

Teaching will involve asynchronous and synchronous elements, including long- and short-form lectures, group discussion, research and writing activities, and peer dialogue. Students are expected to engage with the reading and participate fully with the weekly tasks and topics. Learning will be further supported through the opportunity for individual consultation.

Assessment Information

  • 1 x 5000 word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-5]
  • 1 x group project (formative)


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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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