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BA English and Comparative Literature

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the study of literature in a comparative context;
- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities i.e.
- be able to communicate the results of their work;
- present a structured and coherent simple argument;
- be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of comparative literature;
- evaluate qualitative data, e.g. literary texts;
- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the subject area, e.g. different theoretical approaches to the study of comparative and world literatures;
- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
- demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied; e.g. an understanding of literature as a 'product' that is marketed internationally and across borders;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility; e.g. an understanding of the ethical issues relating to how we handle texts, translate other cultures, and talk about 'others'.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline; e.g. in essay form and in the form of class presentations;
- work that covers a restricted area of the discipline; e.g. in class presentations or essays focussed on specific texts
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies; e.g. particularly in class discussion and essays.


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