Module code: ELIM019

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

JAGOT S Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 3000 WORD ESSAY 100%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This optional module introduces students to the study of Medieval writing at postgraduate level. It is designed to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge of Medieval writing in English, to promote their understanding of the theories and modes of scholarship which underpin the study of this literature, and to strengthen their knowledge of the cultural and historical contexts of Medieval writing, including, among other things, religion, premodern identities, travel, gender and sexuality. Through studying the texts and themes of the module, and through assessment, students will develop skills in critical reading, researching, and writing.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:


The theories and practices of the Medieval ontologies

The development of narrative poetry, and passion plays across the Medieval period
The literature and culture of the European Medieval period
Specific genres of Medieval writing: drama, poetry, travel writing, etc.
Literature and philosophy of the Medieval period
The construction and representation of gender and sexuality in Medieval Writing
The relation of Medieval writing to other arts: painting, architecture, illuminated manuscripts, etc.

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 advanced skills in the close reading and analysis of literary texts
Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing their understanding of the key theories, criticism, and scholarship which inform the study of Medieval writing, and their knowledge of how to position Medieval writing within relevant historical and cultural contexts
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 helping develop in them a detailed and thorough knowledge of Medieval writing in English
Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by to enabling them to undertake independent research into Medieval writing and to present their ideas in discussion and in written form.


The learning and teaching methods include:


2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to prepare for and participate in seminars.

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 semester Essay (3000 words) (100%)


Formative assessment and feedback


Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions, tutor feedback in seminars, and one-to-one tutorials focusing on essay planning.

Reading list


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.