ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION - 2017/8

Module code: ELIM009

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MOONEY S Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

Q320

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework MA ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION (15000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

 This is a level 7 compulsory module for English Literature. Worth 60 credits out of the 180 total credits required for the MA, this module provides students with the opportunity to explore the challenges of producing a sizeable, polished and cohesive work of literary studies. This dissertation may be a study of an author, a theme or trope, a period, a genre, a theoretical approach or a series of related texts. Each student will be assigned a tutor who will assist them in choosing their subject matter and literary approach, and who will provide advice, encouragement and formative feedback over the course of the writing process, as well as suggesting relevant reading material which may help inspire or critically locate the project. The tutor will also help with time management and planning, and will offer guidance on producing a dissertation that is both critically-informed and theoretically-sophisticated. This module also allows students to reflect at length on the project’s relationship to other work of literary criticism in the field, and to locate the work productively in theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. This module is compulsory.

Module aims

Produce a considerable body of highly-accomplished analysis of a literature subject

Reflect on and engage with the specific challenges of methodology in literary studies

Identify the specific theoretical challenges posed by a project of this kind, and to reflect on and engage with these challenges

Build confidence in critical analysis and close reading in a well-informed and productive way

Develop theoretically-informed critical writing, as well as the processes of editing and rewriting the argument, analysis and investigation

Engage in independent guided research, exploring the history of the form, genre, mode and/or literary techniques, as well as the key critical and theoretical issues raised by their project

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Produced a sizable analysis of a topic in the field of English Literature
Developed more advanced independent research skills
Increased familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and confidence in using critical and theoretical language
Developed an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in the MA dissertation
Gained experience in drawing on their own critical thinking to enhance their skills of literary analysis
Gained experience in being able to reflect lucidly and in an informed manner on their critical goals and how they have attempted to achieve them.
Gained experience in planning, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale project in English literary studies

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

 The content of the module depends in each case on the specific subject, analysis of a literary period, theme, trope, genre, author, etc. as chosen by the student in consultation with their tutor.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

 


Hone and develop students’ critical skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres: prose, fiction, poetry, drama, etc by developing their familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and confidence in using critical and theoretical language
Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing in them an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in the MA dissertation
Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed analyses of literary texts and engage with contemporary literary criticism by developing their experience in drawing on their own critical thinking to enhance their skills of literary analysis, and by developing more advanced independent research skills
Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by developing their abilities in reflecting lucidly and in an informed manner on their critical goals and how they have attempted to achieve them, in planning, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale project in English literary studies, and in producing a sizable analysis of a topic in the field of English Literature


 The learning and teaching methods include:

 Single-student tutorials, the exact timing of which, over the course of the year, is to be agreed between student and tutor.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


the development in their critical writing skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production
their development of research and writing skills
productive and informed critical reflection on both critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 

End of Academic Year MA English Literature Dissertation (15,000 words). (100%)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

Verbal feedback in class, written and/or oral feedback on one piece of critical writing (maximum of 2000 words). 

Reading list

Reading list for ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/elim009

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature MA(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.