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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Eng.Study Skills,Creativity&Theoretical Contx
Module Code EL102
School 67
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jim Shanahan
Semester 2: Jim Shanahan
Autumn: Jim Shanahan
Module TeachersJim Shanahan
Darran McCann
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to supply students with practical skills, theoretical frameworks, and an awareness of different critical approaches, with the ultimate aim of deepening their understanding of the discipline of English, what is required of them in terms of the work they produce, the different ways of reading and engaging with texts, and the skills required to write both academically and creatively. Students will develop knowledge of and skills in researching, writing and analysing texts through a series of lectures and related tutorials, as well as a series of lectures focused on the creative writing process itself. The module will also serve to introduce students to ideas and approaches that will be further developed on other modules.

Learning Outcomes

1. Undertake well-directed and focused subject-specific research; present this research in a structured, clear and appropriate fashion; and adhere to correct conventions for referencing and presenting bibliographic information.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the origin and development of English as an academic discipline.
3. Display an understanding of the key terminology associated with the critical and theoretical approaches studied.
4. Discuss the key intellectual elements that shape specific critical approaches.
5. Apply ideas from the various schools of literary criticism studied to literary texts encountered.
6. Appreciate the distinction between the conventions for academic writing and the creative writing process.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study101Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Intro: Why Are We Here?

Writing and Presentation Skills (2)

Referencing and Research Skills (2)

Intellectual Property and Plagiarism

Liberal Humanism and Semiotics (2)

Structuralism and Postructuralism (2)

Marxism and Literary Criticism (2)

Literature and psychoanalysis

Gender and Culture (2)

Postcolonialism (2)

Creative Writing in Practice (5)

The Arts degree and the development of English as a discipline

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Peter Barry: 2002, Beginning Theory,, 2nd,
  • Bill Bryson: 1990, Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language (1990).,
  • Terry Eagleton,: 1996, Literary Theory: An Introduction,
  • 2005: New Hart’s Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors, 85532
  • 2013: English for the Natives: Discover the Grammar that You Don’t Know You Know, 85533
  • 2003: Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJMBachelor of Arts (BAJM)

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