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EL1009: ACTS OF READING (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

This course introduces students to the study of English by exploring the dynamic relationship between author, reader and text in a series of classic works of fiction and poetry. It covers a broad historical range (from Folk Tales and ballads to 21st century postmodernity) and offers a basic grounding in key elements of literary theory, literary history and the varieties of literary form.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Alan Macpherson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

“I can read you like a book” is a cliché for complete and easy understanding. But is the process of reading so self-evident? And do books give up their secrets quite so easily? This course introduces students to the study of English by exploring the dynamic relationship between author, reader and text in a series of classic works of fiction and poetry. It examines what it is we do when we read: how we process information from textual clues and respond imaginatively to the fictions presented on the page. We investigate how the form of a text shapes responses and structures expectations in the reader. We look at the interplay of oral and written traditions in poetic form, and how poets play upon convention in their work. We also engage with disruptive texts which ask us to reflect upon literature and ask what it is and what it is for.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Portfolio (consisting of three short assignments: short bibliography exercise; 5-min presentation or poster; 500-word close reading exercise) - 50%

Essay (1,500 words) - 50%

Alternative Resit Assessment

1 x Resit Essay (1,500 words)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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