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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL2201 Writing Nature: Creative and Critical Practices

20 creditsClass Size: 20


Module manager: Professor John Whale

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This is a module which uses the literature of natural history and its associated methodology of observation to develop creative and critical skills of undergraduate students.


To develop an awareness of the Anglophone tradition of nature writing and its observational methodology.
To develop critical and creative language skills in relation to the genre of nature writing.

Learning outcomes
Students will:
Have a historically informed understanding of natural history writing
Have both understanding and experience of the role of observation in natural history writing
Have developed critical reflection of their own writing, both critical and creative
Have an understanding of different kinds of natural history writing


This module combines critical and creative practices through reading a body of natural history texts with the undertaking of observational project work leading to the creative of a creative portfolio of natural history writing.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.75
Total Contact hours18.25
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Literary critical thinking and analysis; creative writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Three scheduled one-to-one feedback sessions on samples of critical essay and creative portfolio

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1500 Word Essay25.00
Portfolio4500 Word (Max)75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 10/08/2020 08:36:19


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