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MA (T) English - Poetry- Creativity and Criticism

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MA (T) English - Poetry- Creativity and Criticism

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Arts

Programme Code

ENG-MA-PY

UCAS Code

JACS Code

Q323 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

The programme entry requirement is a good 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent recognised qualification. In certain special circumstances, alternative entry criteria (e.g. strength of previous publications) may apply. All applicants are required to submit a piece of written work to assess their suitability for this programme.
International candidates require at least a British Council IELTS qualification of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Please note, applicants for this course are required to submit either a sample of recent written work on a literary topic that represents their best work to date (not more than 3000 words) or a 10-15 page poetry portfolio. If you wish to take both the critical and creative side of this MA programme you must submit both an essay and portfolio of poetry.

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

English (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Conor O'Callaghan

Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Simon Bainbridge

University of Lancaster

Dr Colin Graham

Maynooth, University of Ireland

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Students must pass the taught modules (120 credits) before undertaking the dissertation (60 credits).

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The MA in Poetry: Creativity and Criticism provides students with a unique opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of poetry from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, alongside the development of their own creative practice in the writing of poetry. The programme reflects current critical thinking and key critical debates in the field and draws on the creative and research expertise of staff to offer new perspectives on the writing and appreciation of poetry. Designed to attract students from local, national and international contexts, it provides and delivers the best possible learning and teaching experience in an environment of equality, tolerance, and mutual respect. The programme also fosters an atmosphere of sophisticated intellectual inquiry by offering modules which encourage a stimulating interchange of ideas and offers the opportunity for engagement in the broader cultural activities of Northern Ireland, in which the writing, study and appreciation of poetry occupies a central place.
Specific aims include:

acquiring knowledge of a broad range of poetry written in English in the major literary traditions of Ireland, Britain and the United States of America;

developing and fostering skills in the close reading of poetry;

equipping students to use their literary talents to the best of their ability, to develop as independent writers and self-reflective lifelong learners;

gaining insight into the modes of relationship between the different literary traditions of Ireland, Britain and the United States of America;

raising awareness of the history of creative writing in the School of English and the many acclaimed writers who have studied here;

encouraging future generations of new writers;

acquiring a better understanding of poetic form in all its aspects, and in its interrelationship with literary and/or intellectual and/or social and/or political history, as appropriate;

developing skills gained through undergraduate study of English as well as adding new skills, particularly in research methodology, appropriate to higher degree level work and to provide grounding in the field of poetry and criticism that will prepare students for independent research;

enhancing skills in the writing of scholarly essays on poetry, which integrate, in judicious balance, the close reading of poetry with a due consideration of its wider context.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

recognise and appreciate the varying effects of different poetic forms of expression;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

N/A

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

think independently, analytically, synthetically, and in an organised fashion;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, objective-setting, prioritising and time-management;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

critically analyse and assess their own performance, and that of others, in the context of scholarly endeavour;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

summarise and synthesise theoretical and experiential learning, drawing on a range of evidence and perspectives;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

analyse and interpret material with an awareness of both historical contexts and appropriate critical approaches;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

differentiate between and critique different ideological and theoretical positions;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

identify appropriate and practicable areas for further work and to formulate suitable written responses.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Skills are nurtured through class debate and discussion, through the drafting of creative work, and through the practice of writing.
Workshop sessions in a range of poetic forms encourage students to respond to other writers’ work, and to take on board constructive criticism of their own writing.

Class discussion, based on student presentations and directed by staff, thereby allowing students to test the utility of varying approaches and contexts and confidently to define the ways in which they can most effectively participate in critical debates.

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Formative and summative written work, thereby testing students' ability to engage with and critique existing criticism and scholarship while developing and defending their own ideas and judgements of the texts or topics in question.

All modules culminate in assessed exercises and the MA culminates in a final dissertation. Students are required to meet fixed deadlines for the submission of work, thereby emphasising the importance of objective-setting, prioritisation and time-management.

Researching and writing final dissertation/drafting final portfolio of poems for assessment.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

read complex and demanding poems in a range of styles and genres;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

discuss the literary-critical and theoretical debates to do with poetry in the period;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

assess the interaction between politics and aesthetics in the particular case of poetry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

identify rhetorical, formal and aesthetic strategies of different types of poetry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

articulate the ways in which concepts and figurings of gender roles and attributes may modify poetry, both formally and in terms of its subject-matter;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

understand the relationship between poetry and history, and more particularly that which obtains between poetic form and its historical context in the widest sense;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

demonstrate the detail and complexity of a wide range of poetry written in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

discuss the relationship of poetry to different concepts of nationhood and tradition, including problematisation of those concepts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

demonstrate how the production and transmission of texts influences issues of interpretation and intentionality;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Combination of core modules and elective options, supported by Research Methods training in the practice of creative as well as critical writing.

Seminars, in which the emphasis is on student-led learning, thus developing an engaged understanding of key issues.

Student presentations, as an essential component of seminars, enhance oral skills and develop the ability to engage effectively with critical debate.

One-to-one consultation serves as a forum tailored to individual needs in which students can develop their awareness of appropriate areas of study and research.

Seminars in research methods which provide essential information about access to resources, and also, through group exercises, provide the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

understand the dynamics of the relationship between creative writers and the publishing industry, film and theatre, broadcasting etc;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Poetry workshops in poetic form, editing, the long poem, and translation as well as dedicated sessions for the discussion of students’ own work.

Methods of Assessment

Exercises in aspects of poetic craft to enable students to put theory into practice.

know current practices for preparing creative writing for agents, editors, publishers, theatre companies, broadcasters etc;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Poetry workshops in poetic form, editing, the long poem, and translation as well as dedicated sessions for the discussion of students’ own work.

Methods of Assessment

Exercises in aspects of poetic craft to enable students to put theory into practice.

have a greater understanding of creative writing in general and their own writing in particular.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Poetry workshops in poetic form, editing, the long poem, and translation as well as dedicated sessions for the discussion of students’ own work.

Methods of Assessment

Exercises in aspects of poetic craft to enable students to put theory into practice.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

read and respond to the work of other writers with a greater understanding of the works’ formal and structural properties;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Poetry workshops and seminars on poets and literary periods.

Methods of Assessment

Oral feedback on the work of other writers.

appreciate and analyse a range of features of poetry, including imagery, symbolism, metre, rhythm, rhyme, verbal music in general, and stanzaic form;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars that attend to the literary qualities of poems and to the relevant history, and are informed by literary-critical perspectives, including those arising in the period.

Presentations, essays and a dissertation that respect standard scholarly norms, and are designed to deploy skills in close reading, a knowledge of the relevant historical context, and an understanding of critical thought.

Subject-specific research methods training in the practice and understanding of poetry.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

apply the insights gained from literary criticism and theory in discussion of poetry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars that attend to the literary qualities of poems and to the relevant history, and are informed by literary-critical perspectives, including those arising in the period.

Presentations, essays and a dissertation that respect standard scholarly norms, and are designed to deploy skills in close reading, a knowledge of the relevant historical context, and an understanding of critical thought.

Subject-specific research methods training in the practice and understanding of poetry.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

analyse poetic texts with a sophisticated awareness of the ways in which their formal and generic properties interact with particular cultural and historical contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars that attend to the literary qualities of poems and to the relevant history, and are informed by literary-critical perspectives, including those arising in the period.

Presentations, essays and a dissertation that respect standard scholarly norms, and are designed to deploy skills in close reading, a knowledge of the relevant historical context, and an understanding of critical thought.

Subject-specific research methods training in the practice and understanding of poetry.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

draw on, engage with, and formulate a position in relation to, different critical perspectives on poetry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars that attend to the literary qualities of poems and to the relevant history, and are informed by literary-critical perspectives, including those arising in the period.

Presentations, essays and a dissertation that respect standard scholarly norms, and are designed to deploy skills in close reading, a knowledge of the relevant historical context, and an understanding of critical thought.

Subject-specific research methods training in the practice and understanding of poetry.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

write lucid, well-organised and scholarly essays which integrate the close reading of poetry with an understanding of its wider contexts, and which offer convincing and sustained arguments on key issues in its interpretation;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Seminars that attend to the literary qualities of poems and to the relevant history, and are informed by literary-critical perspectives, including those arising in the period.

Presentations, essays and a dissertation that respect standard scholarly norms, and are designed to deploy skills in close reading, a knowledge of the relevant historical context, and an understanding of critical thought.

Subject-specific research methods training in the practice and understanding of poetry.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

handle a range of critical and primary sources in the context of formulating an independent argument;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

utilise a range of research tools, resources, and methodologies, and to understand and put into practice the standard protocols of referencing in the advanced literary essay;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Assessed essays are based on student-devised topics which enable students to hone and demonstrate understanding by identifying suitable and practicable areas for written work.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

offer lucid, well-organised and scholarly oral presentations on poetry;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Class presentation.

Methods of Assessment

Class presentation.

apply what they have learnt of the craft of writing – e.g. structure, characterisation, voice - and apply it to their own work, which should emerge as more achieved and distinctive as a result;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Creative writing workshops and the drafting processes involved in preparing work for assessment and particularly for the final dissertation project.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed exercises and the dissertation.

present their own work in accordance with established norms of presentation of creative writing for agents, editors, publishers, theatre companies, broadcasters etc.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Creative writing workshops and the drafting processes involved in preparing work for assessment and particularly for the final dissertation project.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed exercises and the dissertation.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

construct complex arguments that are lucid and well-organised and draw on a range of appropriate types of evidence, from the large to the small scale, and communicate these effectively in writing;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, seminar presentations, student interaction and discussion with individual staff hone communication and rhetorical skills and offer the opportunity to learn from constructively critical feedback.

Essays and the dissertation require students to be able to seek out suitable resources and to obtain and collate appropriate information at a sophisticated level. Research methods training is thus put into practice at an early stage and developed throughout the degree.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

develop efficient time-management skills, including the ability to work under time pressure;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, seminar presentations, student interaction and discussion with individual staff hone communication and rhetorical skills and offer the opportunity to learn from constructively critical feedback.

Essays and the dissertation require students to be able to seek out suitable resources and to obtain and collate appropriate information at a sophisticated level. Research methods training is thus put into practice at an early stage and developed throughout the degree.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

offer and receive constructive criticism of their own and others’ work, and to respond positively and productively to feedback on their own work;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, seminar presentations, student interaction and discussion with individual staff hone communication and rhetorical skills and offer the opportunity to learn from constructively critical feedback.

Essays and the dissertation require students to be able to seek out suitable resources and to obtain and collate appropriate information at a sophisticated level. Research methods training is thus put into practice at an early stage and developed throughout the degree.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

think creatively and maturely in diverse intellectual situations;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, seminar presentations, student interaction and discussion with individual staff hone communication and rhetorical skills and offer the opportunity to learn from constructively critical feedback.

Essays and the dissertation require students to be able to seek out suitable resources and to obtain and collate appropriate information at a sophisticated level. Research methods training is thus put into practice at an early stage and developed throughout the degree.

Methods of Assessment

Practical work and student-centred learning encourage and test the ability to present and summarise knowledge to their peers in a coherent, structured form.

Student-devised 5000-word essays in a number of modules require students to be able to identify and carry out a task within a defined time frame; the discipline and motivation developed in this way is then further tested by the 15,000-word dissertation.

access electronic databases and other information sources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Student-devised essays.

identify and use appropriate resources;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Student-devised essays.

deliver a complex research project.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Library work, and the use of QConnect and other on-line resources, will ensure that students have a rich source of different theoretical and scholarly frameworks to draw upon.

Methods of Assessment

Dissertation preparation and completion.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Poetry: Creative Writing Workshop

ENG7094

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation Modern Poetry

ENG7309

7

60

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Poetry Collection

ENG7301

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Post-1945 Irish and British Poetry

ENG7305

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Structure and Serendipity: form in poetry

ENG7300

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Special Topic Creative Writing

ENG7199

7

20

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Reading and Writing Poetry

ENG7307

7

40

YES

10 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes