Module Details

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Title Victorian Apocalypse
Code ENGL764
Coordinator Dr MD Bradley
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


Victorian Apocalypse aims to stimulate an interest in, and knowledge of, a topic that is found across a range of forms and genres within Victorian culture; it aims to bring together the historical and the literary in the study of the Victorians and the end of the world; it combines the religious and the secular, the technological and the spiritual, and the individual and the environmental. By reading a wide range of texts that deal either directly or indirectly with the idea of the end of the world as the Victorians knew it, students will be able to specialize in a debate that has as much contemporary resonance as it has historical significance.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have the ability to read, analyse, interpret and compare with competence and independence a wide variety of literary and other texts

(LO2) Students will have an advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of the political and ideological aspects of literary texts and how they can be situated within appropriate cultural and social contexts

(LO3) Students will have a critical appreciation of the ways in which texts can be situated within literary history, including issues of genre, influence, and creation and reception

(LO4) Students will have an advanced knowledge and critical awareness of current and new literary, critical and theoretical debates

(LO5) Students will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of techniques for accessing electronic and bibliographic sources

(LO6) Students will have the ability to use scholarly referencing and bibliographic conventions appropriate for advanced literary scholarship

(LO7) Students will have research skills enabling critical evaluation of different research methodologies and selection of appropriate methodologies

(LO8) Students will have research skills to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively in order to generate new and independent research

(S1) Students will have a systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current debates and new insights within the field of literature and its contexts

(S2) Students will have advanced critical and analytical skills in relation to diverse forms of discourse

(S3) Students will have advanced literacy, interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments

(S4) Students will have the ability to autonomously design and self-direct a research project that brings together historical and literary approaches

(S5) Students will have the ability to comprehensively understand and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to literature

(S6) Students will have the ability to handle complex information and argument in a critical, creative and self-reflective manner

(S7) Students will have practical research skills to retrieve information, assemble bibliographic data, and critically evaluate, sift and organize material independently

(S8) Students will have the ability to use IT and other relevant tools and resources to present written and oral work to a professional, scholarly standard

(S9) Students will have advanced skills and experience in selecting and using electronic and/or archival resources for planning and undertaking research and writing

(S10) Students will have organisational skills in managing time and workloads, and in meeting deadlines



• The module syllabus will cover a variety of Victorian apocalyptic texts, which may include religious prophecies, popular disaster fiction, Utopias and/or dystopias, visionary apocalyptic poetry, and end-of-the-world newspaper journalism.

• Library resources will be available through the module reading lists and the VLE.

• Students are expected to read the specified primary texts for each seminar, and to undertake further independent study as appropriate, both in preparation for seminars and for the assessment, which requires students to identify and analyse a relevant non-fictional text.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

• Teaching on this module is undertaken through 2 hour seminars which take place fortnightly.
Seminars planned to be delivered face-to-face, but will pivot to remote synchronous delivery if necessary (due to Covid-19)

• Each student will have 2 x individual feedback session lasting 30 minutes, the first likely to be on their formative assessment, the second likely to be a preparation for the summative assessment.

• The majority of all students’ learning time on this module is in self-directed study and independent research. This will likely include reading widely in the field of Victorian apocalypse, researching appropriate resources in this field of study, acquainting themselves with relevant theoretical approaches, and developing individual research ideas.

• Attendance at seminars will be recorded in line with SotA policy on attendance.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   12


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 137


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Project Analytical exercise of non-literary source         
Project/Essay Comparative essay (non-literary source with literary source)    100       

Recommended Texts

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