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EL35QA: SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL: SCOTTISH SHORT STORIES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 04 Oct 2022 11:50


Course Overview

While the short story is often said to have developed in America, nineteenth-century Scottish writing is in fact instrumental in the emergence of the form. Often drawing on oral and folk traditions Scottish writers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries employ the supernatural, or our fear of it, to explore subjects such as guilt, fear, remorse and the extent to which we can control our own destinies. This course will explore the ways in which the short story in Scotland develops from the early nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth. It will include writers such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, John Galt, Margaret Oliphant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Findlater and Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • English (EL)

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?

Yes

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Course Description

While the short story is often said to have developed in America, nineteenth-century Scottish writing is in fact instrumental in the emergence of the form. Often drawing on oral and folk traditions Scottish writers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries employ the supernatural, or our fear of it, to explore subjects such as guilt, fear, remorse and the extent to which we can control our own destinies. This course will explore the ways in which the short story in Scotland develops from the early nineteenth century until the beginning of the twentieth. It will include writers such as Walter Scott, James Hogg, John Galt, Margaret Oliphanz, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Findlater and Lewis Grassic Gibbon. This course will examine a century of Scottish short stories, their relationship to the Gothic and the supernatural and the themes they raise through this approach.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Feedback

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Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Contributions to an Online Journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Seminar Assessment

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Learning Outcomes
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Close Reading Exercise

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

1 x 3000 word comparative essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Feedback Written Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateStudents will be able to construct coherent and cogent arguments to support their hypotheses concerning a selection of short stories
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to understand a range of strategies adopted by writers in the period studied
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to analyse a range of thematic impulses at play within selected short stories
ConceptualCreateStudents will be able to produce coherent arguments and communicate these both in written form and verbally.
ReflectionEvaluateStudents will be able to reflect upon their own knowledge and how it develops throughout the course
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will be able to offer a critique of the effectiveness of narrative strategies in a range of stories

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