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Unit information: Reading English Literature in 2021/22

Unit name Reading English Literature
Unit code ENGL10036
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gournet
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Reading English Literature is a short 15-week course, designed to help mature students progress to a part-time degree in the English department or to explore other opportunities for further study. It enables students to develop study skills, including those particularly associated with literary study and critical thinking.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have been introduced to a range of literary genres – including poetry, drama and the novel – and will have been encouraged to articulate their own responses, both orally and in writing. Students will have been introduced to the concept of ‘close reading’, and to other critical concepts and ideas, and will have been encouraged to give attention to a range of literary texts. Students will have had the opportunity to develop essay-writing skills.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

Students will be asked to write 1 formative assignment of 1000 words, and 1 formative essay of 1500 words. Students will be asked to produce 2 summative essays, of 2000 and 4000 words. Both summative essays will be marked by the course tutor and anonymously marked by a moderator from the English Department.


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How much time the unit requires
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