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EL40SC: NOT THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH (2023-2024)

Last modified: 01 Aug 2023 11:46


Course Overview

This course will focus on the ways in which non-standard English is used within anglophone literary texts from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Classes will cover a wide range of geographical spaces and publishing contexts discussing Scots-language poetry, postcolonial approaches to English, and African-American literature. Authors covered may include: Robert Burns, Zora Neale Hurston, Anne Donovan, Jackie Kay, Chinua Achebe, Tom Leonard, and Percival Everett.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Sarah Sharp

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • English (EL)
  • Programme Level 4

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

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course will focus on the ways in which non-standard English is used within anglophone literary texts from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Classes will cover a wide range of geographical spaces and publishing contexts discussing Scots-language poetry, postcolonial approaches to English, and African-American literature. Authors covered may include: Robert Burns, Zora Neale Hurston, Anne Donovan, Jackie Kay, Chinua Achebe, Tom Leonard, and Percival Everett.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 17 Feedback Weeks 20

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided. Oral feedback available on request.

Word Count 3500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents completing the course will be able to engage with key debates around the status of non-standard English verbally and in writing.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents completing the course will have a developed knowledge and understanding of the history of English language use in British, American and Postcolonial literary contexts.
ProceduralApplyStudents completing the course will be able to produce critical interpretations of texts from the course verbally and in writing.

TAMS

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 Feedback Weeks 18

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents completing the course will be able to engage with key debates around the status of non-standard English verbally and in writing.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents completing the course will have a developed knowledge and understanding of the history of English language use in British, American and Postcolonial literary contexts.
ProceduralApplyStudents completing the course will be able to produce critical interpretations of texts from the course verbally and in writing.

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 Feedback Weeks 18

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Written feedback will be provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Close Reading Exercise

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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1000 words.

Written feedback will be provided. Further oral feedback available on request. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided. Oral feedback on request.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents completing the course will be able to engage with key debates around the status of non-standard English verbally and in writing.
ProceduralApplyStudents completing the course will be able to produce critical interpretations of texts from the course verbally and in writing.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents completing the course will have a developed knowledge and understanding of the history of English language use in British, American and Postcolonial literary contexts.

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