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Unit information: The Short Story in 2021/22

Unit name The Short Story
Unit code ENGL10061
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
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 the short story in detail. Students will consider how and why the short story is associated with particular genres (such as the Gothic and Science Fiction) and will examine authors who have specialised in this form. Other relevant prose works will also be considered, especially those that influenced imaginative writers specialising in the short story. The focus will primarily be 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 focus on the short story as a form. Students will be asked to consider in depth the development and importance of the short story in comparison to the novel and poetry.

This is a new unit also aims to support students to study short literary forms which they may then use in their community engaged practice

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Analyse a wide range of short stories from 1800 to the present
  2. Critically examine a range of topics relevant to the study of short stories
  3. Place writing from this period in the wider context of literature in English
  4. Present a persuasive written argument appropriate to level C/4

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, each of which will utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures by the tutor(s), formal and informal presentations by students, small group discussion supported by practical activities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

One x 3000-word essay (100%) [ILO 1-4]

(Assessment will be through one summative essay of up to 3000 words; the mark for this essay will be the unit mark)


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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.