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Module LXM-4031:
Critical Theory in Practice

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To develop student' practical applications of key modes of critical analysis and theory prominent in modern thought.
  2. To develop students' written and oral skills necessary for applying theories to sources, be they literary, cultural, cinematic, politcal or historical.
  3. To enable students to evaluate the limitations and problems of modes of critical analysis and critical theory.

Course content

Following from LXM-4001, which introduces students to modes of critical analysis and critical theory since the twentieth century in a European context, this module will provide students with in-depth critical skills in relation to the themes from LXM-4001. Students will be asked to select a particular thematic area and to apply this to a form of cultural production relevant to the language/culture specialism that they are pursuing. This module will enable students to discuss, in critical depth, the limitations and/or constraints of certain critical and theoretical approaches within the context of their area of study.

Assessment Criteria


A- - A*: In order to achieve the highest grades, students will have supplemented the texts studied in class with additional primary and secondary reading, they will have analysed and avaluated existing readings of critical theory and come to their own innovative and thoughtful conclusions.


C- - C+: Students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the topic studied, forming solid conclusions about the validity and uses of critical analysis and theory as a whole.


B- - B+: Students receiving the higher grades of assessment will have analysed the sources provided, evaluating secondary material on set topics and assessing them as they form their own convincing conclusions.

Learning outcomes

  1. Students will be able to critique the limitations of modes of critical analysis and theory.

  2. Students will acquire an in-depth knowledge of how to apply modes of critical analysis and critical theory (whether in relation to text, film or cultural formats), and be able to express this in written format.

  3. Students will be able to discuss how particular aspects of European language and culture (whether in text, film or cultural formats) can be analysed critically within the context of a particular area of study (relating to French, German, Italian or Spanish where relevant), and how this analysis can be presented to non-specialists.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Presentation 10
Abstract 10
Essay 80

Teaching and Learning Strategy


6 x two hour tutorials, fortnightly.

Private study 288

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: