Core Module Information
Module title: Postmodernism

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09139
Module leader: Elsa Bouet
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will allow you to study the issues raised by postmodern literature and theory. The module will cover texts that deploy pastiche, parody and metafiction to critique late stage, or consumer, capitalism. The module will introduce you to key postmodern theories that will allow you to critically analyse the texts and their experimental nature and will therefore allow you to gain an understanding of postmodern aesthetics. Some of the postmodern theories will include scepticism towards grant narratives, the society of the spectacle, simulation and deconstructionism which will be deployed to analyse issues such as violence, construction of reality, sexuality, globalisation, consumer society, labour inequalities, neoimperialism and identity politics.

Learning Outcomes for module:

L01 Critically reflect on the ways particular texts engage with the concept of the postmodernity
L02 Assess and debate theoretical ideas of the postmodern in relation to texts
L03 Analyse particular aesthetics strategies deployed by the texts to critique late stage capitalism.
L04 Engage with a range of critical approaches to the genre
L05 Critically analyse particular texts relating to the postmodern and postmodernity.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Elsa Bouet
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly lecture, which includes an interactive part, and smaller tutorial meetings. The lectures will provide the necessary input and framework of reference (LO 1, 2, 3) for further, more interactive activities (LO 4, 5). Learning will occur in a variety of formats in order to allow for different student learning styles. Tutorial activities will range from listening, individual oral contributions and small group work (LO 2, 4, 5), to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LO 1, 3, 5). Specific attention will also be given to developing research, referencing and writing skills (LO 5).

The module facilitates the development of personal and scholarly skills relevant to a range of employment sectors. You will develop your ability to read and write critically and analytically, and articulate arguments in both verbal and written form. Group exercises will train you in collective work.

Lecture notes and additional material will be available on Moodle, which will enable all learners to access the module with ease. A list of relevant online resources will be provided. International students will be pointed in the direction of tailored resources available to them (such as language tutorials for written assignments, if desired and necessary). Primary and secondary texts studied on this module address the question of historical transformations in English Studies’ place in the world, thus situating the discipline within a critical and international perspective.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes the form of weekly tasks prepared for discussion with peers and lecturer during tutorials, and which inform the summative assessment.

These formative activities prepare students for submitting their summative assessments by engaging them early in handling the module material, supporting them in planning their time and work, and providing opportunities, through discussing their initial work with the lecturer, to help them gain an appreciation of the expectations of high-quality work and strategies for attaining it (LO1-5).

Summative Assessment:
The first assessment will be due in week 8 and consist of a 2,000 word essay counting towards 40% of the overall grade. Students will be asked to deploy the theories studied on the module and answer a question using two of the texts studied from weeks 2-6. The second final assessment will be due in week 14 and consist of an essay of 2,500 words which will count towards 60% of the grade. Similarly to the first essay, students will have to deploy theory to answer a set question using two of the texts studied from weeks 8-12. Both essays contribute to LO1-5

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Seminar 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-5 8 , WORDS= 2000
Essay 60 1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP09139 Postmodernism