HM7108: Cognition, Language and Literature

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HM7108: Cognition, Language and Literature

Module Title Cognition, Language and Literature
Module Code HM7108
Module Tutor Nigel McLoughlin
School School of Liberal and Performing Arts
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module intends to give a broad understanding of cognitive approaches to language, literature and writing. The module will enable the student to synthesise a broad understanding of various approaches to analysing literary texts through close examination of language and the relation of linguistic structure to the cognitive processes readers use to understand texts. The module will offer training in specific methods / techniques appropriate as preparation for research or professional practice. (RM)

Indicative Syllabus

Students will engage with a series of texts in which various critics discuss the construction of meaning in texts in relation to linguistic structure and cognitive processes. Students will be encouraged to relate these critical practices to their own experience as writers through seminars and in-class discussion.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1.     analyse and evaluate a range of cognitive approaches to literature;

2.     analyse and critically evaluate a range of texts using the methods learned;

3.     synthesise wider perspectives on how readers and writers engage with text and the construction of meaning;

4.     be alert to the possibilities, criticisms and difficulties involved in cognitive approaches to literature. (RM)

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. (RM)

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 25
Independent Learning Hours: 125
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3,000 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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