HM6103: Ideas, Inspirations and Contexts

HM6103: Ideas, Inspirations and Contexts

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Ideas, Inspirations and Contexts
Module Code HM6103
Module Tutor Michael Johnstone
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module aims to introduce students to the articulation and application of theoretical, political and philosophical concerns of the creative writer. The student will engage with key literary movements examining different ways writers engage with theory, politics and philosophy in film, prose fiction, performance and poetry. The student will be expected to analyse, evaluate and comment on the deployment of these issues inside the creative project and their meaning/impact on culture and society.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will run weekly two hour seminars. Each week, seminars will focus on different theories and their deployment in creative works. The student will read theoretical and creative extracts as preparation for each seminar, where they will be discussed. Topics/themes will be chosen from (among others): the resurgence of realism; working class fiction; feminist filmmaking; the existential novel; otherness and literary identity; the student’s own politics and their deployment in their creative/critical work.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to

  1. demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical and political movements and how they are reflected in creative works.
  2. compile close readings and analysis of both theoretical and creative works.
  3. undertake independent research in a variety of genres to develop a broad understanding of modes of representation.
  4. assimilate the results of their research to make sophisticated arguments on the relationship between creative works and critical writings/ current affairs.
  5. demonstrate a level of self-analysis; express their own politics and subscribe and/or reject particular theories and philosophies.
  6. articulate theoretical concerns or tropes in their own writing.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 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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