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ENGL6146 Special Project (Text, Context, Intertext)

Module Overview

The Special Project module will allow you to produce a written assignment or equivalent on a topic of your choice, undertaking independent research with individual guidance from the convenor. You will normally have up to four 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 up to five 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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • a specific aspect of a text or group of texts in a particular literary period or field of enquiry;
  • dominant, important, and emerging critical and theoretical approaches to rhetoric within a literary period or field of enquiry;
  • the significance of these texts within the larger context of English literary studies, and other relevant and broader contexts of cultural production.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • find resources of relevance to any given topic related to the specific aspect of rhetoric in English literary studies;
  • creatively and persuasively present your own approach to text or group of texts within the subject of English literary studies.
  • distil, summarise and assess extant approaches to rhetoric within the subject of English literary studies.
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.


This module allows you to undertake independent research, with guidance from the Special Project convenor/s. The content , scope, and methodology of each project will be developed by the student in discussion with their assigned supervisor/module convenor.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • up to four one-to-one meetings or up to five group meetings with members of staff with particularly deep knowledge in a field. Learning activities include • individual study and research time; • accessing research materials (possibly including archival material) and on-line resources; • preparation of a written assignment or equivalent in consultation with the Special Project convenor/s. • the opportunity to undertake in-depth independent research into a topic of your own choosing

Preparation for scheduled sessions192
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Archives.  You may also need: 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.



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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

There are no particular cost implications for students. Most critical essays and monographs would be available via the Library, while students may be required to purchase key literary texts (e.g. a work of prose or poetry). There are no expected travel costs.

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

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