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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1022 English: Context, Culture and Style

20 creditsClass Size: 90

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Module manager: Professor Tony Crowley
Email: t.crowley@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

ENGL1021 Analysing English or MODL1060 Language: Structure and Sound or comparable courses. If you are unsure if you meet the pre-requisites please contact the Module Leader for clarification.

Module replaces

ENGL1020

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is concerned with the history of the English language, with its contemporary variable state, and with stylistic analysis as a means of interpreting texts. Thus it will provide an introduction to the way in which the English language developed historically into a national and international form. It will introduce the study of contemporary variation in the use of English and its social significance. And it will give an introduction to stylistics as a method for the analysis of a range of literary and non-literary forms (e.g. plays, novels, poetry, news texts).

Objectives

On completion of this module students will be familiar with an outline history of the English language; they will have an understanding of the relationship between Standard English and other dialects of English and the social significance of linguistic variation; and they will have acquired knowledge and practical skill in analysing a range of literary and non-literary texts (e.g. poetry, plays, novels, news texts and spoken discourse) using structural, stylistic and discourse analytic methods. Students will acquire basic terms and concepts relevant to the history of the English language, the study of linguistic variation, and the study of stylistics. And they will be able to apply their knowledge in the description and critical analysis of texts.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively
- the capacity to describe and analyse a range of texts, using stylistic and discourse analytical methods
- the ability to manage complex information in a structured and systematic way
- the capacity for independent thought, critical reason and judgement
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of
material and the evaluation of its importance
- IT skills
- efficient time management and organisation skills
- development of independent and collaborative learning skills.

Skills outcomes
The acquisition of a basic terminology for the description of the history of the English language;
The acquisition of a basic terminology for the description of contemporary variation in English;
Critical analysis of texts using the methods of stylistics;
English language research methods and approaches.


Syllabus

This module is concerned with the history of the English language, with its contemporary variable state, and with stylistic analysis as a means of interpreting texts. Thus it will provide an introduction to the way in which the English language developed historically into a national and international form. It will introduce the study of contemporary variation in the use of English and its social significance. And it will give an introduction to stylistics as a method for the analysis of a range of literary and non-literary forms (e.g. plays, novels, poetry, news texts).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours172.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private Study:
Reading and research using module reading list, lecture follow-up, seminar preparation, and wider reading and research within and beyond the module description.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at seminars
Submission of assessed work

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words. This will be set in week 3.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/09/2015

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