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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3063 Haunted Hinterlands: Wyrd Works and Folk Horror Fictions

20 creditsClass Size: 28

School of English

Module manager: Rachael Gillibrand

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module presents an opportunity to explore ‘folk horror’ literature. From tales of isolated communities to the fears of the ‘old ways’, students are invited to delve into the unsettling narratives that have shaped this genre from its nineteenth century origins to the present day. Bringing together a diverse range literature, media, and film, students will consider how folk horror uses themes of history, nostalgia, and national identity to highlight contemporary fears and cultural anxieties.


This module aims to:
• introduce students to the genre of folk horror literature.
• engage students with debates concerning the relationship between history, identity, and the shared fears of a society.
• invite students to consider how folk horror tropes manifest across literature, film, and public media.
• develop students’ critical reading skills, particularly in relation to literature and visual film.
• develop students’ written and oral communication skills, encouraging students to communicate their own ideas and respond to others in discussion.
• equip students with concepts, theories, and critical vocabulary that will support their analysis and interpretation.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Find, evaluate, and share information across a variety of formats (e.g. through in-class discussions, video presentations, and written assignments).
2. Interpret relevant methodological approaches (e.g. hauntological perspectives) and synthesise these ideas to support opinion, argument and theories.
3. Demonstrate when, why and how to acknowledge someone else’s work or ideas.

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Devise and deliver effective and engaging oral and visual presentations.
2. Communicate effectively through listening, clarity of expression and constructive inquiry.
3. Deliver, seek, and accept feedback.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings39.009.00
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to present a plan for their video essay in advance of the assessment deadline, on which they will receive verbal feedback from their seminar tutors.
Seminar discussions continually enable all students to articulate and develop questions, ideas, and arguments, and to benefit from the feedback from other students and the tutor.
Tutors’ weekly office hours provide a further regular opportunity for formative feedback.
Feedback (written and oral) on summative work also has a key formative function.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation10 minute recorded presentation40.00
Essay2,500 word essay60.00
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: 22/05/2024


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