Module Details

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Title Reading Drama
Code ENGL119
Coordinator Dr E Miskimmin
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15


Students will consider, through close reading of a range of dramatic texts: a) how we set about reading dramatic text in the sense of ‘close reading’ (i.e. through detailed analysis of literary style and technique) and b) how we might approach reading a genre that is predominantly for viewing or hearing (i.e. retaining an awareness of the potential for performance as we consider page). The wider social and historical contexts of the plays covered will be discussed, as will the potential functions of drama (including, but not limited to, education, public and private entertainment, commerce, social response and political agenda).

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.

(LO4) Students will have an understanding of the dramatic genre in relation to various contexts.

(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.

(S4) Students will have the ability to close read dramatic texts.



The syllabus may typically include dramatic texts from a range of eras and cultures, including but not limited to:
Early Modern
Restoration / Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century / Fin de Siècle
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

The syllabus may typically cover a range of genres, including but not limited to:
Closet drama
Theatre of the Absurd
Kitchen Sink
Radio and Television drama

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught by 1 x weekly 1-hour tutorial with small group and 1 x weekly 1-hour workshop with whole cohort (F2F or online, as appropriate).

Schedule directed student hours: 2 hours weekly for 11 weeks = 22 hours
Unscheduled directed student hours: 104 hours
Attendance recorded: Yes
Description of how self-directed learning hours may be used: To complete required reading for each week’s workshop and tutorial and to supplement this required reading with relevant secondary reading.

The majority of teaching will be delivered face to face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     11


Timetable (if known)     60 mins X 1 totaling 11
    60 mins X 1 totaling 11
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
24 hours duration, re-sit opportunity, This is an anonymous assessment.  24    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Close Reading exercise         
Assessment 1: Essay / Creative-critical exercise. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    50       

Recommended Texts

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