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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL32105 Byron and the Shelleys

20 creditsClass Size: 40

English

Module manager: Dr David Higgins
Email: d.higgins@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should have acquired insight into some of the most important images, themes and debates of Romanticism, as well as into a variety of literary forms used in the period. Among the former are: the idea of heroic intellectual and political aspiration; different treatments of the myth of Prometheus; the Oriental; forbidden passion; different attitudes to Enlightenment rationality and political optimism; the images of the classical world. Among the latter are: the narrative poem; the verse drama; the serio-economic mock epic; the Romantic ode; and the Gothic romance. Students will thus have acquired a rounded sense of the period from a study of three significant writers. Furthermore, since these writers were associates, they will be able to draw insight from each about the others, and at the same time become acquainted with an important and useful piece of literary history.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
critical reasoning;
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;
the ability to learn independently.

Skills outcomes
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.


Syllabus

The module will consider a wide range of the work of Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, including reference to Shelley's critical and philosophical 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
Meetings51.005.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Teaching will be through weekly seminars (10 x 1 hour) plus up to 5 additional hours (content to be determined by the module tutor). The 5 additional hours may include lectures, plenary sessions, film showings, or the return of unassessed/assessed essays.

Private Study: Seminar preparation, reading, essay writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars.

1700 word unassessed essay.

Methods of assessment

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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

One unassessed essay of 1700 words is required. This does not form part of the assessment for this module, but is a requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2008

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