HM7104: Critical Writing

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HM7104: Critical Writing

Module Title Critical Writing
Module Code HM7104
Module Tutor Michael Johnstone
School School of Liberal and Performing Arts
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module is designed to enable the student to reflect on current theoretical and critical practices from a writerly perspective. Students will encounter a broad range of theoretical ideas and how these ideas become manifest in creative work. The student will trace the relationship between theoretical ideas and creative practice focussing, eventually, on one area of theoretical, philosophical or political interest. Seminars on the practice of researching from library staff will aid the students’ engagements with their ideas.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will run as weekly seminars, and then, in the final six weeks of the course, as individual tutorials. Through intensive textual study and discussion, the module will identify and contextualise the theoretical preoccupations and engagements among the consumers and producers of creative writing. Using examples of prose, poetry, film and theatre, the discussions will involve representation of theoretical, political and philosophical ideas in texts. A wide range of perspectives will be offered in order to equip the student with thorough insight into particular sets of ideas.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

1. analyse and evaluate ways in which theories and critical perspectives within writing are reflected and engaged with in selected texts;

2. critically analyse particular literary texts and chosen authors within their genre with specific regard to the writerly engagement with literary, critical, cultural and writing theories;

3. synthesise a range of critical, theoretical and writerly approaches that have emerged and evaluate the variety of application to the texts studied.

4. follow the academic conventions for the presentation of research.

5. use the research tools in the Learning Centre cogently; and approach longer pieces of writing confidently, in the knowledge of appropriate strategies for the scholarly discipline of Creative Writing.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 50
Independent Learning Hours: 250
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3,000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 4,000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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