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Unit information: Special Author Study in 2020/21

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Unit name Special Author Study
Unit code ENGL30023
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Gournet
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit aims to allow students to undertake a special author study, examining a range of writings by one writer under the supervision of an adviser. Students will produce an extended essay arising out of this work, of up to 5000 words.


The special author study aims to allow students to work more independently than in other units completed thus far. It also aims to help students who wish to consider undertaking a dissertation acquire relevant skills and practices: for example, how to plan and structure a longer discussion and how to assemble a wide range of appropriate critical or other materials.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate

1) the ability to plan and conduct in-depth independent research

2) the ability to design a research project based around a single author

3) the ability to communicate their ideas effectively

4) the ability to present a persuasive written argument

Teaching details

This unit will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. The teaching on ths unit will include mini lectures, small group discussions practical activities supported by tutorials, small group activities supported by practical activities , formative tasks and self-directed learning.

Assessment Details

1 x 1000 word formative thesis, outlining the intended line of argument for the essay.

1 x 5000 word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

Key reading and references will vary depending on the choice of topic, and will be defined in consultation with the adviser.