ENG00010 Reading English Literature

Academic Year 2023/2024

This introductory module is aimed at students who love reading, who value literature and appreciate its fundamental role in shaping society and the individual. ‘Ways of Reading’ will help you to develop your close readings skills and to expand your critical approaches to literature. The module will to help you to identify and engage with both a range of literary genres and different literary traditions. The module will strive to foster independent thought, creativity, collaboration, critical reflection, cultural engagement, and social and political consciousness through innovative teaching, learning and assessment methods. Work is assessed by close reading exercises and essays. Together these modes of assessment foster the development of a range of important qualities and skills. This module will help to prepare you for undergraduate study in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law as well as for a variety of different workplaces.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Situate a text in a critical and cultural context (K)2. Express understanding of genre, and an ability to connect ideas across different periods and cultures (K, S)3. Apply good skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading (S)4. Apply a range of literary terminology to the analysis of texts in a range of genres (K, S)5. Write with clarity, precision, depth and style, while demonstrating an awareness of audience (S)6. Possess confidence in your critical judgments, informed by appropriate academic and theoretical skills (S, K, A)7. Foster 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 (A)

Indicative Module Content:

Students will read a selection of texts, including drama, fiction and poetry, from the early-modern period to the present.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be taught in one weekly slot which will include a lecture and tutorial discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Weekly exercises Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: End of Semester Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Close Reading Exercise Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on the mid-semester essay will be offered before the end of the semester.

Name Role
Ms Thomond Coogan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Mark Ronan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Mark Ronan Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 18:00 - 19:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 11:00 - 12:50