Module title: Narratives of Social and Sexual Deviance: Rethinking the Victorians

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

Module code: CLP08119
Module leader: Anne Schwan
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Any SCQF level 7 module in English

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anne Schwan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly lecture, which contains some interactive parts (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6), and smaller tutorial meetings (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6). The lectures will provide you with the necessary socio-historical context and critical frameworks for further, more interactive activities with the primary texts in tutorial. Learning will occur in a variety of formats in order to allow for different student learning styles. Activities will range from listening, individual oral contributions and group work, to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place in the form of a group presentation on a selected piece of scholarly criticism which you read and assess with your peers, following a set of guiding questions (LOs 5,6). This will enable you to use scholarly sources more effectively in your own essay writing. You will receive collective feedback on the group activity. Students who are unable to contribute to the group presentation will be asked to write a short report on the scholarly article instead and receive feedback from the tutor (LOs 5,6).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of two essays. For the first essay (LOs 1,2,3,5,6), you will be asked to select a topic from a list of questions and discuss it in relation to one of the texts studied on the module. For the final essay (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6), you will be asked to compare and contrast two texts studied on the module. For this final assignment, you can either select a topic from a list of options or choose your own, in conversation with the module leader.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 5
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Lecture 20
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,2,3,5,6 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1,2,3,4,5,6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module offers you the opportunity to develop your understanding of nineteenth-century literature in its cultural-historical context. The module allows you to study different genres and examines these texts as a form of social commentary. The module will train you in thinking, reading and writing critically and analytically, as well as enhance your awareness of the cultural-historical context for the texts in question. You will have an opportunity to improve your ability to work in small groups and present your thoughts in oral and written form.

Beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and moving through the century to the fin de siècle, the module invites you to consider selected examples of fiction, drama and poetry as responses to some of the century’s most pressing social questions. For example, you will encounter the genre of sensation fiction and consider how it reflects cultural concerns around changes in family law. Furthermore, the module allows you to study plays by writers such as Shaw and Wilde, asking you to compare the aims and agendas of social realism and naturalism with those expressed by proponents of fin-de-siècle aestheticism. Alongside the formal aspects of these texts and ‘mission statements’ by various writers, you will examine important themes and debates of the period, such as urbanisation and industrialisation, madness, class, gender and sexuality. For this purpose, a range of critical and contextual writings from the nineteenth century supplements your reading of the primary texts. Alongside the nineteenth-century texts, you will also read examples of neo-Victorian writing to consider how contemporary artists have critically engaged with the nineteenth-century’s history and cultural heritage. The weekly lectures will provide an introduction and set the context for group and individual work. Interactive exercises and group projects will focus on close reading and analysis of the assigned literary and contextual texts. You will also be asked to engage with recent scholarly debates on the material in question.

Module materials encourage critical examination of issues to do with cultural representations of identity, such as class, gender or sexuality. In this way, the module content also promotes equality and diversity.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Discuss a range of 19th century writings and neo-Victorian texts in oral and written form
LO2: Consider the significance of the texts’ cultural-historical context
LO3: Explain generic choices and how they relate to the texts’ content
LO4: Describe how individual texts relate to each other and/or to common themes
LO5: Locate and discuss relevant secondary literature
LO6: Work both independently and as part of a group