British Literature and Society 1600-1915 2002

Course Objectives

The course, which may be taken before or after 2001 Introduction to British Studies, may also be taken independently. Its aim is to provide students with a general introduction to British literature and culture in the period between 1600 and 1915.

Course Description

The primary texts will be drawn from the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Romantic Period, the Victorian Period, and the Modern Period, with particular emphasis given to the latter two. The texts will include both fiction and non-fiction texts, drama and poetry. Great Britain underwent major upheavals during this period. The processes of change which led the country to its role as the leading power in the world will be illustrated, wherever possible, by the choice of texts.

Learning Methods

Lectures and seminars. Four hours weekly. Spring semester.
The lectures will provide background information and a general introduction to wider range of themes, while the seminar instruction will concentrate on encouraging the students to use verbal English in discussing specific texts from the syllabus. As part of the ongoing assessment, the students will also work with written assignments and/or oral presentations. An attendance rate of at least 80% is required for the seminars.

Assessment Methods

Continuous assessment during the course will include tests and/or assignments, which will constitute 40% of the final grade. The final examination (oral or written) will count for 60%. Students must achieve passing grades in both the continuous assessment and the final examination in order to earn a final passing grade.

A project assignment, as an alternative to the York excursion, is part of the course requirements.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Birgit Norendal <> - 26/05/2009