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Unit information: Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 2
Unit code ENGL10049
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Thomas-Hughes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is focused on the practical elements of establishing a community-engaged project. Students will have the opportunity to contextualise the theory, principles and practices of community-engagement and service-learning within real-world contexts. Students will consider the relationship between their study of literature, literacies and ways of reading in relation to their own emerging community-engaged service learning projects.


This unit aims to support students to design and establish a community engagement project (such as a reading group) in a community setting (such as but not limited to: a workplace, local charity, school, children’s centre, older people’s home, prison, library or museum) either on their own or in collaboration with another student.

Intended learning outcomes

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

1)Demonstrate understanding and the ability to apply relevant theoretical frameworks and/or issues (gathered in 'Introduction to Literature and Community Engagement 1) to their own development of community-engaged service learning projects.

2)Demonstrate the ability to design and begin execution of a community-engagement group in a suitable placement.

3)To be able to consider their individual community engaged practise both critically and reflexively.

4) To be able to use reflection as a method to critically develop and evaluate their practise in developing a community-engaged project.

Teaching details

Through the year:

5 x 3-hour seminars

2 x 4.5-hour dayschools

1 x 4.5 hour conference

1 x 1-hour one-to-one meeting with tutor.

Assessment Details

Formative: 1 x 500 word account of community-engaged project plan (ILO 1-3)

Summative: 1 x reflective essay (3000 words including 500-1000 word activity log) (ILOs 1 - 4)

Reading and References

A range of practical materials are provided, including toolkits and practical resource sets from external partners such as the voluntary sector

Additional indicative reading list:

Danielson, S., & Fallon, A. M., 2008. Community-Based Learning and the Work of Literature, Wiley.
Davis, P., 2014, Reading and The Reader, Oxford University Press.
Dolgon, C., Mitchell, T.D., Eatman, T. K., (Eds.) 2017. The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement.
Hall, B. L. (2009). Higher Education, Community Engagement, and the Public Good: Building the Future of Continuing Education in Canada. Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, 35(2), 11–23.
Hooks, Bell. 2003. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, Routledge
Millican, J., & Bourner, T. (2011). Student‐community engagement and the changing role and context of higher education. Education + Training, 53(2/3), 89–99.