Core Module Information
Module title: The Gothic tradition

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

Module code: CLP10100
Module leader: Emily Alder
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

The Gothic is an enduringly popular and versatile genre within English literature. This module begins with 18th century Gothic texts such as The Castle of Otranto in order to understand the tradition upon which later Victorian and contemporary texts built. A history of Gothic literature through the nineteenth century will explore selected works by such authors as Jane Austen and Arthur Machen. Subsequently, twentieth and twentieth century developments in the Gothic will be examined through literature and film. You are encouraged to read widely on the Gothic tradition and to critically appraise how this tradition has influenced other genres such as science fiction and horror narratives.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: critically reflect on a range of Gothic texts from the late-eighteenth-century to the present.
LO2: critically reflect on and appraise the relationship between cultural concerns and the Gothic tradition.
LO3: appraise the history and impact of the Gothic tradition in literature and film.
LO4: engage analytically with a range of theoretical approaches to Gothic texts.
LO5: apply theories of the Gothic in the analysis of particular texts and particular historical moments.

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: Emily Alder
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is taught through a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week. You will be introduced to the major themes and texts during the lecture and will discuss these in tutorials (LOs 1-5). The emphasis will be on the discussion and understanding of the development of the gothic tradition from the eighteenth-century to the present day (LOs 1, 2, 3). Video and visual material will be used to demonstrate the range of the Gothic in a variety of media. From week four you will give 15 minute in-class presentations or prepare a written essay on specific Gothic texts to demonstrate your understanding of critical approaches to the gothic (LOs 2, 4, 5).

Formative Assessment:
You have the opportunity to submit a piece of work for formative feedback in Week 9.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of a presentation or essay (LO 2, 4, 5) submitted on a rolling deadline between weeks 4 -12; and a final major essay in Week 14 (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 2, 4, 5 4 HOURS= 00.15, WORDS= 2000
Essay 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10100 The Gothic Tradition 2022/23