Core Module Information
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: Media and Humanities

Any SCQF level 7 module in English

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 class relations, 'madness', 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:

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

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: 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 an end-of-term Portfolio (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) consisting of two parts: 1. 1500-word textual analysis of an excerpt from one of the assigned texts OR 6-7 minute 'radio book club' style audio recording with textual analysis of one of the assigned texts. 2. 2000-word essay comparing and contrasting two of the module texts, using one of the set essay questions or a topic of your own choice (the latter has to be agreed with the module leader).

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100