Core Module Information
Module title: The Literature of Empire: Texts and Contexts

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08101
Module leader: Barbara Vrachnas
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

Description of module content:

Your introduction to the notion of ‘canon formation’ in year one will be reinforced. You will learn about the challenges to the Leavisite canon that were mounted in the latter half of the twentieth century. The early learning on the module will focus on the role of the author, the ‘gap in the text,’ and reader responses to texts. You will subsequently engage with the work of one or more authors of imperial fiction and study their work within the context of the prevailing social and cultural climate within which their texts were produced. For example, you could study Conrad’s Heart of Darkness in the context of the romance and adventure tradition that preceded that novel and thus engage in an intertextual study of Conrad and Rider Haggard. You will then be introduced to subsequent literary works that have been influenced by the central text/s that they have studied. In this way, you will gain a historical overview of texts and their relationship with the time of their production and the influence of these texts within the literary community.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Express an awareness of the social and cultural context of literary texts
LO2: Extend your knowledge and understanding of the process of canon formation
LO3: Analyse aspects of the production and reception of literary texts
LO4: Differentiate between imperial romance and the anti-imperialist text
LO5: Comprehend the notion of ‘intertextuality’
LO6: Express a clear understanding of the impact of imperialism

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Barbara Vrachnas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching on this module is conducted through lectures, seminars and tutorials where Learning Outcomes 1-6 will be addressed. Lectures of approximately one hour duration are followed by seminars. The 50 minute seminars involve larger group activities that encourage active learning through peer discussions of the main points raised by the lecture and are lead by the module lecturer. Learning Outcomes will be addressed in lectures and then reinforced during seminars: in general: for example, the first and second lecture and seminar will address LOs 1 and 2 and by the final sessions students will be able to address Learning Outcome 6. A further 50 minute tutorial of smaller groups enables students to interact more closely with the lecturer and draw upon their expertise in delivering the stated Learning Outcomes. Learning principles are embraced in the following ways:
- Active learning—through peer group debate and discussion and detailed interaction with the module texts
- Collaborative Learning—through peer group discussions and plenary feedback during seminars
- Personalised learning tasks—individual essays that demonstrate the student’s understanding of key issues
- Use of technology—Moodle provides modular information but technology is used primarily in terms of website searches, e-texts, and film adaptations of texts

Formative Assessment:

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is in the form of two essays that respond to aspects of the teaching content on the module. One short essay midway through the module requires students to respond to the genre of imperial romance. A longer essay at the end of the module requires students to write critically about Conrad, race and imperialism in response to the entire module content.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 167
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 30 1,2,4 6 HOURS= 1000 words
Essay 70 1,3,4,5,6 13 HOURS= 2000 words
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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