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Unit information: Literature: Exploring Short Stories in 2022/23

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Unit name Literature: Exploring Short Stories
Unit code LANG00016
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Smyth
Open unit status Not open

Students require a proficiency of at least 6.0 in IELTS (min. 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in other components) or an equivalent.



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit aims to introduce students to the short story genre focusing on texts by a variety of authors. Classes will focus on student-led close reading and analysis of the short story texts and discussion of the shared themes and features of the texts. The course also aims to develop study skills, including those particularly associated with literary study and critical thinking, and students will be encouraged to develop their own critical voice.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

ILO1: An understanding of the short story genre and the works of a variety of authors;

ILO2: Skills in identifying and discussing salient themes in a series of short stories;

ILO3: An understanding of the role of intertextuality

ILO4: Enhanced skills for independent reading;

ILO5: Skills in performing close analysis of prose text;

ILO6: Critical and discourse analysis skills;

ILO7: Skills of expression in an academic written context;

ILO8: Skills of expression in an academic spoken context.

Teaching details

Students will attend 3 hours of study per week. The sessions are in the form of a seminar, which will include discussion of the set reading or other set material for that week. Students will be taught using a communicative approach in small groups to allow for in-depth discussion of content in a supportive environment. In addition to the selected authentic texts, use will be made of appropriate e-learning technologies and the VLE.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

  • Essay (1,000 words)
  • Individual presentation with peer and tutor-led feedback.

Summative assessment:

  • Essay (1,500 words) (75%) ILOS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Individual presentation based on student coursework (15 mins) (25%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8


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