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EN229 - Literary & Cultural Theory

  • Module code: EN229
  • Module name: Literary & Cultural Theory
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is intended as an introduction to the contemporary academic field of critical theory. Because the field as it is currently constituted is too large and heterogeneous to admit of a formal survey within the constraints of a two-term syllabus, the readings for the module have been clustered around certain nodal issues or debates. The aim of the module is to familiarise students with the general contours and parameters of contemporary critical theory, and to introduce students to key concepts, methods, debates, and controversies in the field.

Principal learning outcomes

The module has been designed to create competence in the disciplinary sub-field of critical theory. ‘Competence’ in this context will take the form of an ability to situate specific ideas, methods, and schools accurately within the wider theoretical field, to discern what is at stake in specific debates, and what conceptual consequences follow from the elaboration of specific positions or arguments. The module will therefore also nurture critical reading and writing skills: specifically, emphasis will be placed on argument, counter-argument, the plausible mobilisation of evidence, rhetorical cogency and rigour, the internal consistency of exposition.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/second/en229

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN229-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay 25%
  Second 2500 word essay 25%
  2-hour examination 50%
C3 (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay (NF) STAFF USE ONLY 33.4%
  2-hour examination (NF) STAFF USE ONLY 66.7%
C4 (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay (F) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  Second 2500 word essay (F) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2-hour examination (F) STAFF USE ONLY 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing with Intercalated Year (QP37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies with Intercalated Year (QW35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3