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Unit information: Period Unit: 1900 – Present in 2020/21

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Unit name Period Unit: 1900 – Present
Unit code ENGL30136
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. April Gallwey
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This course will explore how literary texts and movements are an integral part of historical knowledge; it will consider how literature provides a way to understand important historical developments in twentieth-century British Society, such as the disruptions of war to the creation, and dismantling of the welfare state. We will also look at the way that social divisions and expressions of social unity and transition within British society are represented in poetry, prose and drama of the period.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

1. Understand and analyse literary, critical and historical texts related to the period

2. Understand how literary texts both respond to and shape historical change

3. Communicate and evidence literary readings and ideas

4. Present a persuasive and well evidenced written argument appropriate to level H/6

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching over a period of 10 weeks. Teaching will inlude mini-lectures, presentations, small group discussions and elf-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

1x 4000-word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

T.S. Eliot, ‘The Waste Land’

Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey