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Contemporary Literature (Synoptic Module) This module engages with literature from the last ten years in order to explore how issues directly relevant to students’ lives, such as globalisation, post-9/11 culture, and digitalisation, are being debated in literary texts. The module also offers students an opportunity to relate this recent material back to other modules they have studied over their degree, to examine the resonances and echoes of recurrent cultural ideas across centuries. Advanced Options Modules The Advanced Options allow students to develop a deep knowledge of a specialist area by working with experts on research-led topics. Single honours students can choose up to three options; Combined can choose up to two. Options change yearly but may include:
African-American Avant-GardesThe Theatrical CityThe Middlebrow NovelLiterature, Technology, CulturePostcolonial WritingLiterature and MadnessInterpretationCreative WritingThe Gendered SelfEcology and RomanticismThe Victorian SupernaturalAmerican ModernismUtopian/Dystopian WritingCreative Writing (Advanced)This module brings together the skills developed in the Creative Writing modules in Years 1 and 2, enabling students to work on a longer piece of writing and to develop an understanding of how a book works as a whole. Through exposure to visits from a literary agent and/or editor, they also learn about the submissions process for publication. The final submission for the module is a large piece of 6000 words (or equivalent in poetry) which shows an awareness of the final publication context within which the submission might exist, for example - chapters from a novel or memoir, or short stories/poems/essays from a proposed anthology. Dissertation Module In doing a dissertation, you work one-to-one with a specialist lecturer to devise, research, and write a 10000-word project on a topic entirely of your own choosing. The dissertation gives you a degree-ending capstone which tests all the skills of literary research, critical reading, time-management, planning and focused writing that you have learned over the course of your studies. You may use the dissertation as an opportunity to focus on a familiar area, or to address a literary subject not covered by the degree curriculum. Combined honours students have the option of writing a dissertation which embraces both of their chosen subject areas.
Screening RealismAn overview of the main film theories applied to the concept of realism which will enable students to explore a number of case studies of 'realist' filmmaking practice. The theoretical approaches of Grierson, Bazin, Kracauer and Brecht will be followed by the analysis of some of the major developments of realist filmmaking from the ‘documentaries’ of the Lumière brothers at the end of the nineteenth century through the Italian neo-realism to contemporary forms of realist cinema, such as the work of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, or the movement Dogma 95. Attention will also be given to the history and aesthetics of the documentary film as well as the phenomenon of "reality television" of the last decade.Hollywood and EuropeMainstream Hollywood cinema has shaped our expectations of what cinema is all about. The module introduces students to the different industrial and cultural frameworks of Hollywood and European cinema. Adopting a comparative perspective, it explains the factors that have led to the dominance of American cinema across Europe whilst investigating in what respects European cinema has had an impact on the American film industry.Print and SocietyExplores the impact of print on British culture, socially, politically, and from an economic viewpoint. The module considers the origins of the printing press in Britain, and the development of a modern publishing industry. The main focus of the course is the impact of print as an agent of social transformation and the role of the publisher in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Opera and PoliticsOffers an introduction to the political agendas that have governed the composition and production of opera since its birth to the twentieth century. The course aims to develop skills of argument and debate through the detailed study of two or more repertory operas, in terms of their libretti, music, historical and cultural contexts. Students will consider the historical role of politics in opera through the examination of patronage, libretto subjects and censorship. Students will also be encouraged to consider the contention surrounding the allegorical or political interpretation of opera texts and examine aspects of opera production of today.Methodology of Foreign Language TeachingAn introduction to the theory and practical application of the principles of second or foreign language teaching at secondary or adult levels. This module enables candidates to develop an awareness of a range of teaching techniques and apply these to the language classroom. The course leads to familiarity with aspects of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and classroom management which are all part of the language teacher's repertoire; it also raises students' awareness of issues in reading, writing and speaking when teaching these skills in the classroom.
Understanding Communication Communication is an essential part of social life - the glue binding humans together. From our solitary readings to our computer-mediated social networking, and from our hallway chats to the academic papers we write, we are constantly involved in designing and producing messages that express who we are and allow us to coordinate our thoughts and activities with other people. This module zooms in on communication as a form of social action, and examines how a range of factors - psychological, social, cultural, semiotic, etc.- govern how we engage with one another to achieve our goals.