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EN121 Module Specification

Module Aims

This module will study a number of works of medieval and renaissance English literature in the context of contemporary beliefs and historical and social developments. The module will be taught by means of language classes (first term only) to introduce students to Middle English; lectures on the historical, cultural and critical context; and seminars to discuss particular texts.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the
student should be able to....
Which teaching and learning methods enable students to achieve this
learning outcome?
Which summative assessment methods will measure the achievement of this
learning outcome?
Show skill in reading Middle English and some understanding of the structure and history of the English language Language classes in week 2-5 term 1; guided close reading of primary
texts in seminars
Translation question on exam paper, examination essay and commentary
questions, assessed essays
Demonstrate some knowledge of Medieval English literature (especially the work of Chaucer and his contemporaries), society and culture Weekly lectures, seminar discussion Examination essay questions, assessed essays
Show awareness of the forms and metres of English poetry in preparation for future modules Weekly lectures, seminar discussion, formative commentary exercise Examination commentary questions, assessed essays
Demonstrate some knowledge of sixteenth-century
English poetry and prose and its intellectual and social context
Weekly lectures, seminar discussion Examination essay questions, assessed essays
Demonstrate some knowledge of the Christian, classical and continental literary background of English Renaissance literature Weekly lectures, seminar discussion Examination essay questions, assessed essays
Demonstrate improved skills in textual analysis and essay-writing. Guided reading in seminars, formative essays

Examination essay questions, assessed essays