Final-Year Project: English Literature 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1 & 2
This module involves the production of an extended piece of critical writing of a length and quality appropriate to the culmination of the undergraduate degree scheme. Drawing on knowledge and critical methodologies learned earlier in the degree, students will be assisted via lectures and individual supervisions in devising, refining, developing and presenting a substantial piece of critical work on a topic of their choosing.
The series of introductory lectures and workshops will focus on how to develop the initial research idea into a workable project presented in appropriate scholarly form. Critical self-reflection will be developed via the proposal and oral presentation in the first semester, and via discussions with the supervisor that are held at key stages in the development of the project in both semesters.
-threshold -Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: •Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas •Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner •Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers •Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic •Little evidence of background reading •Some uncertainty over language and syntax •Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative •In creative work: superficial •Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
-good -Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: •Discusses ideas adeptly •Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired •Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant •Shows analytical and clear thought •Gives evidence of relevant reading •Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. •A few minor errors here and there. •Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class •In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium •Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
-excellent -Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities: •Discusses ideas with confidence and precision •Demonstrates maturity and sophistication •Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant •Shows independent, analytical and clear thought •Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading •Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language •Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought •In creative work: displays considerable originality •Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
- Apply findings from a programme of independent research to formulate critical perspectives on selected literary texts
- Demonstrate critical engagement with selected literary texts and secondary sources in an appropriate format, including correct referencing.
- Devise and organise an extended project investigating a topic relevant to the subject of English Literature
- Explain their approach and topic in written and oral formats.
- Identify and evaluate a range of critical and/or theoretical and/or professional approaches relevant to the project
Students will give a ten-minute presentation, explaining their approach and the significance of their topic. The presentation will be followed by a brief oral examination lasting up to 10 minutes.
Project Students will submit their final-year project, which may take the shape of an extended piece of critical writing (8,000 words) or another appropriate format (such as an educational Scheme of Work, an online exhibition, a podcast, a blog or vlog) as agreed with the module organiser. If students choose an alternative format, their project will be accompanied by a reflection (2000 words) and literature review (2000 words), outlining the approach to the topic and research.
Students will complete the proposal questionnaire, outlining the chosen format for their final-year project, the underpinning research questions, the topic and chosen primary texts, the intended methodology, the provisional structure, and a list of key secondary sources