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Unit information: Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 1 in 2015/16

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Unit name Literature and Community Engagement in Practice 1
Unit code ENGL21010
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Ms. LeFanu
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit aims to support students in continuing to run a reading group in a community setting, or at their work place. There will be an emphasis within the unit on (i) strategies for broadening the range of readers engaged within the group, and (ii) utilising as broad a variety of literature as is practical in this setting. Where the group established in 'Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 2' 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 unit aims to support students in continuing to run a reading group in a community setting, or to assist them in establishing a new group as/where appropriate. The unit will aim to support students particularly in attracting new members to the group and in broadening the range of literature that is read. The unit will aim to give students a greater degree of independence in running a group.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have had opportunities to continue running a reading group; to reflect on the membership of the group and the literature that is read; and to undertake their leadership of the group with a greater degree of independence.

Teaching details

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 across the year to the reading group, including preparation time and reflection. In addition, students will normally have at least two review meetings with the unit director.

Assessment Details

Students will be assessed through a reflective assignment (normally of 3,500 to 5,000 words). Students will be asked to make an audio or visual recording of two reading group sessions and to reflect on them. Normally these sessions should be separated by a period of at least one month, and part of the assignment will include reflecting on and responding to issues arising from the first recorded session in the second session. A series of directed questions will be set to help students to structure this assignment, which will reflect both on the practical running of the group and on the literature used and readers' responses to it.

Reading and References

Not applicable.