Core Module Information
Module title: Literary Journalism

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

Module code: JAC08114
Module leader: Eamonn O'Neill
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

The lectures will critically examine in chronological sequence how and why British and American writers have practised both journalism and literature. The tutorials will explore these themes in more depth but also seek to engender a practical appreciation of the art of reportage by engaging students in developing their own literary abilities in a journalistic context. As well as honing in-depth interview and research skills plus your powers of observation, description and narrative, you will be challenged to identify real life subjects and stories that have literary potential and also to become full participants in your prose by putting yourself into the scene of the action. The potential stylistic and ethical dilemmas when doing all of the above will be also discussed.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a critical awareness of prominent literary journalists
LO2: Engage with key movements in literary journalism
LO3: Examine the relationship between major literary journalists.
LO4: Produce practical examples of writing literary journalism
LO5: Engage in critical reflection on your own literary journalism

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: Eamonn O'Neill
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Teaching will take the form of a weekly one-hour lecture (which all students will attend together) and then the class will be split into smaller one-hour tutorial meetings. The lectures will form the framework for further discussion in the seminars and will help students engage with key movements and develop your critical awareness of prominent literary journalists by comparing them (LOs 1,2,3). Within tutorials students will undertake exercises to hone the practical skills needed to complete the portfolio and discuss issues arising from the readings (LOs 4,5)

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Developing critical, analytical and creative writing skills relevant to a range of employment sectors should boost the employability of students who undertake this module. PDP will be enhanced through active self-evaluation and critical reflection.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will be given during tutorial exercises.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of an essay (40%) (LO1-3), literary journalism article (40%) (LO4) and learning log (20%) (LO5).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 40 4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 800
Learning Log 20 5 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Essay 40 1-3 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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