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Unit information: Home and Homeland 1 short course in 2016/17

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Unit name Home and Homeland 1 short course
Unit code HUMS10003
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Tom Sperlinger
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts


We shall discuss some of the ways in which literature explores the connection between home, homeland and identity.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will have been introduced to a range of literary texts and a variety of approaches to them, and will have had an opportunity to develop their skills in reading, analyzing and comparing literary works in light of a range of appropriate contexts.

Teaching details

This unit will normally be taught in ten weekly one-and-a-half hour seminars or eight weekly two-hour seminars; such a unit may occasionally be taught in other formats where the number of hours is comparable, e.g. five bi-weekly three hour seminars. Each seminar will combine a variety of teaching methods, including short informal lectures, seminar discussion and critical exercises.

Assessment Details

Assessment for this unit is normally undertaken through either a formal seminar presentation or a short essay of between 1,500 and 2,000 words, in which students will be required to relate their knowledge of one or more of the literary texts considered to one of the approaches to literature introduced in the unit.

Reading and References

Texts include: Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song (1932); Emyr Humphreys, A Toy Epic (1958); Julian Barnes, England, England (2008); Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918).