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ENGL6128 Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory)

Module Overview

The Special Project (Text, Culture, Theory) module will allow you to write a 4,000-word essay on a topic of your choice, undertaking independent research with individual guidance from the convenor. You will normally have three one-to-one supervisions of up to two hours over the course of the module. If two students elect to study the same topic, they may be offered four small seminars over the course of the module. Meetings will be focused on readings selected in consultation with the convenor. In addition, you will be encouraged to attend undergraduate lectures of relevance to the Special Project.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- introduce you to various scholarly approaches to a genre of English literature chosen and defined in consultation with one or more member of staff in the discipline of English currently researching or with established expertise in the field (the Special Subject convenor/s); - allow you to undertake independent research on a topic exploring cultural and theoretical approaches to English literature; - formulate your own distinctive approach to your selected topic.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • specific theoretical or cultural questions that emerge from a particular literary period or field of enquiry;
  • the dominant, important, and emerging critical and theoretical approaches to a text or set of texts within a literary period or field of enquiry;
  • a specific theoretical or cultural approach within the larger context of English literary studies, and other relevant and broader contexts of cultural production.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate a wide range of material and engage critically with that material;
  • develop a distinctive and significant approach to both primary material, and to dominant and emerging critical trends.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • research and plan independently;
  • summarise and assess textual arguments;
  • formulate and communicate an argument;
  • write a sustained piece of work.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • find resources of relevance to any given topic related to the specific genre of English literary studies;
  • distil, summarise and assess extant approaches to a given genre within the subject of English literary studies;
  • creatively and persuasively present your own approach to any given genre within the subject of English literary studies.

Syllabus

This module allows you to undertake independent research, with guidance from the Special Project convenor/s. You will normally have three one-to-one supervisions of up to two hours over the course of the module. If more than one student is involved in any single Special Project, there may be four small seminars over the course of the module. The Special Project group will only exceed two students in exceptional circumstances. The meetings will be focused on readings selected in consultation with the Special Project convenor/s. In addition, it is very likely that you will be directed to attend undergraduate lectures of relevance to the Special Project. Students may attend selected lectures offered on one or more modules from the first, second and third year syllabus; or they may attend all the lectures offered on one module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - three one-to-one meetings or four group meetings. Learning activities include: - individual study and research time; - accessing research materials (possibly including archival material) and on-line resources; - preparation of an essay question and essay plan in consultation with the Special Project convenor/s. Innovative or special features of this module: - the opportunity it offers you to undertake in-depth independent research into a topic of your own choosing; - access to sustained, individual (or very small group) teaching from members of staff with particularly deep knowledge in a field.

TypeHours
Follow-up work10
Completion of assessment task100
Tutorial6
Preparation for scheduled sessions34
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Relevant resources will vary according to your Special Subject.. You will be encouraged to seek information beyond that which is easily available in the University Library, and will be given advice on accessing specialists’ archives in your field.

Assessment

Formative

Draft essay

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Costs for this module will not exceed £40.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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