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ENG-1110 Introduction to British Studies - 10 ECTS
Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December for the spring semester and 1 June for the autumn semester.
Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.
Application code: 9199 - Enkeltemner (ikke realfag), lavere grad (Nordic applicants).
The British Studies syllabus will be organized into two to three week blocks, which focus on particular historical periods and investigate specific literary and cultural texts within British 'national' and international historical contexts. The modules in the course are focused on developing higher-level reading skills, interpretative writing skills, and a theoretical understanding of contextual analysis of literary writing in particular periods of British literature from 1600 to 2015. The course focuses on a range of poetic, dramatic, and fictional forms in different time periods. We will explore how to understand these texts through analyzing genres, historical and literary contexts, language choices, and formal reading and critical strategies. These modules also develop your confidence in speaking and writing about literary/critical concepts, cultural analysis, and literary genres in British Literary Studies.
The course will introduce the student to the techniques of close textual reading of literary and cultural texts in British literature; develop an appreciation of the historical and literary conditions under which texts have been produced; examine the development of specific genres within historical time periods; and ask the student to write essays, response papers, and do different forms of academic research about the texts on the reading list using the vocabulary and strategies of literary study.
The students have the following learning outcomes:
The student has:
- some knowledge of the history and society of the British Isles in different historical periods- understanding of the interplay between culture and literature in British history and culture
- insight into the main formal and thematic characteristics of literary genres
- in-depth knowledge of individual texts of the period
- familiarity with a diversity of texts and genres of British Literature
- proficiency in close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature
- to be able to write persuasively and effectively in academic English
The course will meet for four hours (two hours lecture and two hours discussion section) each week during 13 teaching weeks of the semester. Please see Canvas for specific details. Any course changes in meeting times will be announced on Canvas and study questions and discussion material will be available on Canvas or at the course meetings.
Regular attendance in lectures and seminars is highly recommended.
A voluntary study trip to York is offered as part of the course.
Quality assurance: All courses undergo a halfway evaluation once in a 3-year period at the bachelor´s level.
Coursework requirements: 3 compulsory written assignments of varying length that will be graded approved/not approved. Regular attendance in lectures and seminars is highly recommended.
Assessment method: One six hour written (digital) school exam in WISEflow.
The grade is solely determined by a six-hour school exam (in WISEflow) at the end of the course, but no student can sit the school exam until they have passed their work requirements.
The final exam in the course will be assessed on an A-F grades scale. Grades are A-E for passed and F for failed. A re-sit examination is offered in the event of an F grade. The deadline to register for a re-sit examination is January 15th for the autumn semester and August 15th for the spring semester.
Study trip to York
Please note that a study trip to the Norwegian Study Centre (NSC) York is part of the course. The study trip takes place in weeks 13 and 14, spring 2020. More information on the study trip will be given in the beginning of the semester.