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Unit information: Mastering English Literature Short Course in 2015/16

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Unit name Mastering English Literature Short Course
Unit code HUMS10009
Credit points 0
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Tom Sperlinger
Open unit status Not open

None, though students would normally be required to have a first degree or equivalent prior to admission to the unit.



School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This course aims to help students with a first degree in another discipline (or those who have an English BA but want to refresh their skills) to progress to an MA in English Literature. There will be opportunities for students to read a wide range of texts, to improve their study skills, and to gain a taste of Bristol’s expertise in Shakespeare, Romanticism, and modern and contemporary poetry. Students will also be offered support in considering the options for further study that are available. The unit will aim to help students to produce written work within the course, of a standard appropriate to be submitted as a writing sample with an application to join a relevant MA course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have had an opportunity (i) to develop a range of skills relevant to the postgraduate study of literature, with an emphasis on research skills as well as theoretical and methodological issues, and (ii) to write an assignment that might be used to support an application to a relevant MA programme.

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Assessment Information

Students will be required to complete two formative assignments of 2,000 words each (i) and a summative assignment of 3,000 words on an author/topic in which they have developed a more specialised interest (i, ii).

Reading and References

  • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure
  • John Keats, Selected Poems
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Philip Larkin, High Windows