Module Details

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Title Literature in Time
Code ENGL117
Coordinator Dr L Loh
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 30


• To prepare students broadly for the study of literature at Levels Two and Three

• To enable students to make informed Level Two module choices

• To consider in detail how texts can be grouped in literary or cultural periods, and to examine the relationship between writing and different kinds of context, e.g. historical, biographical and print

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will acquire analytical skills and vocabulary appropriate to university-level work and be able to use them appropriately in relation to a range of sources from different historical periods and social contexts.

(LO2) Students will have the ability to construct and support argument in written or spoken forms suitable for academic work and be able to participate constructively in group discussions.

(LO3) Students will have an awareness of cultural, theoretical and historical contexts of literature and language use.

(S1) Students will have the ability to analyse and interpret sophisticated texts closely and critically

(S2) Students will have the ability to relate literary texts to different kinds of context (e.g. historical, biographical, or print)

(S3) Students will have the ability to write with appropriate subject knowledge, using appropriate approaches and terminology



The key literary periods covered in this module reflect those of Level 2 literature module options. This module serves as a broad introduction to these periods through the study of textual examples from each period alongside relevant contexts. The content of the module will be available to students from the module’s VITAL page where key learning resources (e.g. lecture material and reading list) will be made available. Library resources, critical reading, and audio-visual resources will be accessible through the module’s reading list. Students are required to read the primary text(s) linked with each week’s lecture which will also serve as the primary text(s) for that week’s tutorial. Students are also encouraged to study the supplementary resources provided through the reading list in preparation for tutorial discussion and for their assessments. The key texts will be available through the reading list link below.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method:
1 x synchronous, small-group session of 1 hour (synchronous)

2 x whole-cohort sessions of 1 hour (synchronous or asynchronous, as can be accommodated)

Schedule directed student hours: 3 hours weekly for 11 weeks = 33 hours
Unscheduled directed student hours: 267 hours
Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: To complete required reading for each week’s lecture and tutorial and to supplement this required reading with relevant secondary reading.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22


Timetable (if known)           60 mins X 2 totaling 22
60 mins X 1 totaling 11
Private Study 267


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
2-hour take-home exam based on unseen questions  2 hours    67       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Essay based on a list of assessed essay questions  2000-2500 words    33       
Coursework 1 Practice Essay based on the list of assessed essay questions  1000-1200 words         

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.