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Unit information: Understanding Critical Theory and Thought in 2020/21

Unit name Understanding Critical Theory and Thought
Unit code ENGL10056
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Gournet
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

none

Co-requisites

none

School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

Description

Building on the work undertaken in 'Introduction to Critical Theory and Thought', this unit will offer an introduction to a broad range of critical thinkers and theorists, and to creative writers thinking reflectively about their work. Students will be asked to consider the relevance of these materials to a range of primary texts and to the development of their own critical voice. There will be opportunities to compare and contrast a variety of approaches to literature, and to consider the relationship between critical or reflective thought and creative writing.

Aims:

This unit aims to build on the work of 'Introduction to Critical Theory and Thought', encouraging students to consider a variety of approaches to literature - in part through engagement with a range of critical thinkers and theorists. The unit will focus these discussions on four or five literary texts, which will be read from a variety of perspectives; a range of shorter critical texts and essays will also be introduced. Students will be encouraged to develop and/or to reflect on their own critical voice

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. Explain the ideas of a range of critical perspectives and discourses
  2. Apply these ideas to a range of primary materials.
  3. Enhance their own critical voice.

Teaching details

The unit will be delivered through a combination of Synchronous and asynchronous teaching per week for 10 weeks; each of which will utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures by the tutor(s), formal and informal presentations by students, small group discussion supported by practical activities and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

1 x presentation (33%) [ILOs 1-2]

1 x 3000-word essay (67%) [ILOs 1-3]

Reading and References

  • Bennett and Royle, Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, 5th edition.
  • Peter Barry, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to cultural and Literary 'Theory 4th edition
  • Fred Rush, The Cambridge 'Companion or' Critical Theory

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