DN530 BA Humanities English with Creative Writing (ENS6)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

Students on the English with Creative Writing pathway will study the work of a wide range of writers, focusing on how they create their works and also explore a range of narrating voices by reading texts selected to illustrate this range. Students will learn how characters are constructed, how to handle dialogue, how to manage time and sequencing and many other elements of the craft of writing, which will be generally helpful and occasionally inspiring in your own writing along with an introduction to contemporary developments in literature by considering the work of a number of Irish writers, who will address the class and provide valuable insight into the writing process.

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This degree programme is designed for highly motivated students interested in developing their profile as creative writers by drawing specifically upon the rich literary heritage in English from Anglo-Saxon to the contemporary moments. Students will be educated in the history of literary, dramatic, media and cultural production, in current theoretical methods and approaches, and in a wide range of historical and national literatures, genres and media. We promote our core values – independence, creativity, collaboration, critical reflection, cultural engagement, and social and political consciousness – through innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods. Lecture, seminar, workshop and small group work are at the core of our teaching. One of the unique features of the specific approach to the teaching of creative writing in the School is the emphasis on the relationship between becoming an alert, astute, engaged critical reader of texts, and learning the craft of writing. This programme will enable students to develop skills and competence in a range of forms and genres of writing, including traditional formats (novel, short story, poetry, drama) but also in genre fiction, travel writing, creative non-fiction, experimental poetry and so on. The creative element of the programme will be taught through small workshops, and all students will be required to submit a final portfolio of creative work in their final year.


1 - Situate a text within appropriate thematic, critical, historic and cultural contexts, and to interrogate it in the light of current critical debates and their own ideas
2 - Apply in-depth knowledge of literary production in a wide range of specific time periods and cultures, and capable of identifying aesthetic innovations and trends
3 - Contextualise their own creative work within the writing traditions that precede and surround them.
4 - Demonstrate an extensive command of literary terminology, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of texts in a range of genres and media
5 - Demonstrate critical, technical and creative understanding of the art and craft of writing and of their own creative process.
6 - Expand strategies for creative expression.
7 - Illustrate refined and sophisticated skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading, and highly attentive to the tensions and ambiguity of texts and language
8 - Express nuanced understanding of form, genre and mode, and an ability to connect ideas across different periods and cultures from the early middle ages to the present
9 - Communicate ideas and concepts with clarity, precision, depth and style, while demonstrating an awareness of genre (e.g. essay, reflective journal, oral presentation), modes of argument, rhetorical skills, and audience
10 - Inform scholarship by appropriate academic and theoretical skills
11 - Apply creative, innovative and independent thinking in approach and response to complex issues, with a significant capacity to transfer skills and ideas from one intellectual sphere to another
12 - Generate a lifelong commitment to the value of reading with an ongoing desire to explore the rich variety of literary and cultural production and cultural history
13 - Articulate the value and radical transformative potential of, creative writing, literature and literary studies, and become an enthusiastic advocate for the discipline in wider society
14 - Carry out effective research, and be able to identify gaps in knowledge and locate and evaluate appropriate sources of information, and having completed independently an extended research project.

UCD Arts & Humanities Programme Office,
Newman Building,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8321/8102

Web: www.ucd.ie/ahss

Stage 1

Students are pre-registered to 7 core modules (35 credits) and should select two option modules. Students should then choose 1 additional Arts & Humanities subject (10 credits) and 1 elective module (5 credits). Stage 1 elective modules are chosen and take in the Spring trimester.
It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Autumn and Spring.

Stage 2

Students are registered to 4 x core modules. Students should choose minimum 2 option modules in the Autumn trimester and minimum 2 module in the Spring trimester plus 2 x 5 credit electives.

Stage 3

Stage 3 Credits: 50 Option / 10 Elective: a total of 60 for the year.

If students are not going abroad or taking an internship, they must take at least 10 credits in Creative Writing in each trimester, (that is, 10 credits in the autumn trimester and 10 credits in the spring trimester). Students should choose 3 x 10 credit English option modules. Students should choose 2 x 5 credit electives.

Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose a balance of modules across the subjects in their pathway for one trimester.



Stage 4

Stage 4 Credits: 50 Option/10 Elective = a total of 60 credits for the year.

Please read the following information carefully re Stage 4 programme options.


Students may take CRWT30220 Creative Writing Dissertation (20 Credits), to be taught over two trimesters. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

OR

Students may take the Critical Dissertation (two modules): ENG30970 Dissertation Research Methods (5 credits; Autumn) and ENG32460 Dissertation (15 Credits; Spring)

OR

Students must take at least 10 credits of Creative Writing in the Autumn Trimester.





Students must take their remaining credits from the option modules in English and Creative Writing.



Students cannot do both the Creative Writing Dissertation and the Critical Dissertation.



Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
CRWT10010 Creative Writing 1 Autumn

5

ENG10120 How to Read Poetry Autumn

5

ENG10130 Contemporary Irish Writing Autumn

5

ENG10230 Reading World Literature Autumn

5

CRWT10020 Creative Writing 2 Spring

5

ENG10030 Literary Genre: the Art of Criticism and the Craft of Writing Spring

5

ENG10220 Literature and Crisis Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 2 of the following option modules.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)

Stage 1 elective modules are chosen and take in the Spring trimester.
     
ENG10170 Contemporary Dystopian Fiction Autumn

5

ENG10020 Children's Literature Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10180 Comics and Fantasy Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10080 Writing the Body Spring

5

ENG10250 Horror Literature Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Please select a minimum of 2 of the following option modules.
All students are strongly advised to balance their workload evenly across both trimesters. This means you should pick 30 credits in autumn (Trimester 1) and 30 credits in spring (Trimester 2)

Stage 1 elective modules are chosen and take in the Spring trimester.
     
Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Spanish Beginners

Spanish Non-Beginners

Film Studies

French

Greek & Roman Civilization

German Beginners

German Non-Beginners

History

Irish Studies

Music (BA Humanities)

Drama Studies

Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
CRWT20020 Intermediate Creative Writing Autumn

10

ENG20400 Critical Theory Autumn

5

CRWT20060 Intermediate Creat. Writing 2 Spring

10

HUM20050 Primary Source Research in the Humanities B: Exploring UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Students should take at least 4 modules from the following list. It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Autumn and Spring.
     
CRWT20050 Writing Fiction Autumn

5

ENG20430 Modern American Literature Autumn

5

ENG20440 Reading the story of Ireland: Irish Literature in English Autumn

5

CRWT20040 Writing Poetry Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

CRWT20030 Teen & YA Literature Spring

5

ENG20250 Twentieth-Century Drama: From Naturalism to Postmodernism Spring

5

ENG20410 Reading Medieval Literature Spring

5

ENG20460 From Victorian to Modern Literature, 1830-1914 Spring

5

ENG20490 Romanticism Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Students should take at least 4 modules from the following list. It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Autumn and Spring.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You may take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
This is a College of Arts and Humanities module. It is the equivalent of an elective. You may take it instead of taking one of your Stage 2 electives. Please make sure that you have selected the correct number of programme options from the list above. This is not one of your required options. It is recommended in particular if you are considering applying for an internship option next year.
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 2 x 10 credit Creative Writing modules, one in the autumn trimester and one in the spring trimester. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from their pathway subjects for one trimester.
     
CRWT30080 Advanced Fiction Workshop I Autumn

10

CRWT30120 Literary Editorship I Autumn

10

CRWT30230 Experimental Poetry Autumn

10

CRWT30100 Advanced Poetry Workshop Spring

10

CRWT30110 Advanced Fiction Workshop II Spring

10

CRWT30130 Literary Editorship II Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 2 x 10 credit Creative Writing modules, one in the autumn trimester and one in the spring trimester. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from their pathway subjects for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 3 x 10 credit English option modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from their pathway subjects for one trimester.
     
ENG31950 Architecture and Narrative Autumn

10

ENG31960 Apocalyse Then: Old Eng. Lit. Autumn

10

ENG31990 Reading Gender and Sexuality Autumn

10

ENG32070 Medieval Celluloid Autumn

10

ENG32090 Masculinities and Manhood in Irish Writing and Culture Autumn

10

ENG32100 Fin-de-Siecle Autumn

10

ENG32230 Reading Beckett Autumn

10

ENG32340 The Modern Short Story: Critical and Creative Approaches Autumn

10

ENG32490 Seventeenth-Century Women: Texts, Lives, Documents Autumn

10

ENG32580 Theatres of War Autumn

10

ENG32600 Creative Non-Fiction Autumn

10

ENG32640 Girlhood in 21stC American YA Autumn

10

ENG32650 Global Short Stories Autumn

10

ENG32690 Writing Habits Autumn

10

ENG31930 Irish Fiction After 2010 Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG31980 Jane Austen and her Peers Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in America, Britain and Ireland Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32180 Poetry in Performance Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32560 Writing Black: African American Literature and Racial Consciousness Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32670 Dark Romanticism Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

CRWT30150 Writing the Environment Spring

10

ENG31900 Yeats and the Arts Spring

10

ENG31940 Global Science Fiction Spring

10

ENG32000 Contemp. Irish Women's Poetry Spring

10

ENG32080 Social Networks in Fiction: from Jane Austen to Conan Doyle Spring

10

ENG32110 Literature and Science Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

ENG32220 Popular Fiction in Britain Spring

10

ENG32250 Irish Women's Writing Spring

10

ENG32270 Post-War US Fiction Spring

10

ENG32290 Reading Ulysses Spring

10

ENG32380 Sexuality and the State in Irish Drama and Culture Spring

10

ENG32390 A Book of Kings Spring

10

ENG32590 Memory and Testimony in Performance Spring

10

ENG32700 Dublin Gothic Spring

10

ENG32720 Feminist Theory Spring

10

ENG32730 Literature of Migration Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 3 x 10 credit English option modules. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from their pathway subjects for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
HUM30020 Internship-Autumn (Humanities) Autumn

30

HUM30030 Internship- Spring (Humanities) Spring

30

Stage 3 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students in UCD for the Spring trimester can choose to substitute their elective module for HUM30040.
     
HUM30040 Created Spaces&Imagined Places Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - E)MIN0OF:
Students in UCD for the Spring trimester can choose to substitute their elective module for HUM30040.
     
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students must obtain permission from the pathway coordinator to register for this module. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this module. Students must choose between the Creative Dissertation, the Critical Dissertation, or additional option modules.
     
CRWT30220 Dissertation (Creative) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

Stage 4 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students must obtain permission from the pathway coordinator to register for this module. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this module. Students must choose between the Creative Dissertation, the Critical Dissertation, or additional option modules.
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students must obtain permission from the pathway coordinator to register for this module. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this module. Students must choose between the Creative Dissertation, the Critical Dissertation, or additional option modules.
ENG30970 must be taken in addition to ENG32460 for the Critical Dissertation Option
     
ENG30970 Dissertation Research Methods Autumn

5

ENG32460 Dissertation Spring

15

Stage 4 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Students must obtain permission from the pathway coordinator to register for this module. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to be eligible for this module. Students must choose between the Creative Dissertation, the Critical Dissertation, or additional option modules.
ENG30970 must be taken in addition to ENG32460 for the Critical Dissertation Option
     
Stage 4 Options - B1)MIN1OF:
Students must choose a 10 credit Creative Writing module in the Autumn Trimester.
     
CRWT30160 Special Topics Workshop I Autumn

10

CRWT30230 Experimental Poetry Autumn

10

Stage 4 Options - B1)MIN1OF:
Students must choose a 10 credit Creative Writing module in the Autumn Trimester.
     
Stage 4 Options - C)MIN2OF:
Students who are either taking the Creative Dissertation or the Critical Dissertation option should choose 20 credits from the English Options below. Students who are NOT taking the he Creative Dissertation or the Critical Dissertation option should choose 40 credits from the English Options below.
     
ENG31110 Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Autumn

5

ENG31950 Architecture and Narrative Autumn

10

ENG31960 Apocalyse Then: Old Eng. Lit. Autumn

10

ENG31990 Reading Gender and Sexuality Autumn

10

ENG32070 Medieval Celluloid Autumn

10

ENG32090 Masculinities and Manhood in Irish Writing and Culture Autumn

10

ENG32100 Fin-de-Siecle Autumn

10

ENG32230 Reading Beckett Autumn

10

ENG32300 Making Shakespeare Autumn

5

ENG32340 The Modern Short Story: Critical and Creative Approaches Autumn

10

ENG32490 Seventeenth-Century Women: Texts, Lives, Documents Autumn

10

ENG32520 Ugly Feelings Autumn

5

ENG32580 Theatres of War Autumn

10

ENG32600 Creative Non-Fiction Autumn

10

ENG32640 Girlhood in 21stC American YA Autumn

10

ENG32650 Global Short Stories Autumn

10

ENG32690 Writing Habits Autumn

10

ENG31930 Irish Fiction After 2010 Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG31980 Jane Austen and her Peers Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in America, Britain and Ireland Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32180 Poetry in Performance Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32560 Writing Black: African American Literature and Racial Consciousness Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32670 Dark Romanticism Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

CRWT30150 Writing the Environment Spring

10

ENG31780 Contemporary European Crime Fiction Spring

5

ENG31900 Yeats and the Arts Spring

10

ENG31940 Global Science Fiction Spring

10

ENG32000 Contemp. Irish Women's Poetry Spring

10

ENG32080 Social Networks in Fiction: from Jane Austen to Conan Doyle Spring

10

ENG32110 Literature and Science Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

ENG32220 Popular Fiction in Britain Spring

10

ENG32250 Irish Women's Writing Spring

10

ENG32270 Post-War US Fiction Spring

10

ENG32290 Reading Ulysses Spring

10

ENG32310 Climate and Environment in Global Literature Spring

5

ENG32380 Sexuality and the State in Irish Drama and Culture Spring

10

ENG32390 A Book of Kings Spring

10

ENG32510 Writing Dublin Spring

5

ENG32590 Memory and Testimony in Performance Spring

10

ENG32700 Dublin Gothic Spring

10

ENG32720 Feminist Theory Spring

10

ENG32730 Literature of Migration Spring

10


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