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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Cultural Project: Literary & Cultural Studies
Module Code LC321
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Olga Springer
Semester 2: Olga Springer
Autumn: Olga Springer
Module TeachersOlga Springer
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module leads to the production of a final year extended essay where students apply their learning in the areas of literary and cultural studies in years one and two to a research question. The focus will lie on either French-, German- or Spanish-speaking literatures and cultures. The final year extended essay is evidence of a student's ability to engage with and analyse a range of literary and cultural products in various media (including, but not restricted to, literary and non-literary texts, film, and visual art), as well as to conduct and present individual research.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1 Be able to critically evaluate the relevant literature for their extended essay.
2. LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and methods pertaining to the fields of literary and cultural studies in French, German or Spanish.
3. LO3 Evaluate, discern, and prioritise issues in research on cultural, social, and literary studies.
4. LO4 Be able to reflect on the research process.
5. LO5 Analyse a pre-agreed body of primary sources or aspect of a cultural area in the context of the language studied.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture8Attendance of workshop-type sessions on how to conduct research for extended essays; active participation.
Independent Study117Preparation of research in stages to reach critical waypoints; refinement of drafts through reflection. Finding and consulting relevant secondary literature, analysis of primary texts, writing of dissertation.
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

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
● Preparing the context (engaging with secondary literature and relevant literary/cultural theories) ● Analysing and interpreting literary and cultural textual and non-textual primary sources ● Creating draft chapters (writing and reviewing draft chapters) ● Extended essay (finalising the document to create an extended essay in an appropriate format) ● Reflection (reflection on subjectivity and the research process)

Bell, J, & Waters, S, 2014, Doing Your Research Project : A Guide For First-Time Researchers, McGraw-Hill Education: Milton Keynes. Fabb, N, & Durant, A (eds) 1993, How to Write Essays, Dissertations and Theses in Literary Studies, Longman. Gibaldi, J & Achtert, WS 2003, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th edition, MLA: New York. Nünning, V (ed) 2013, New Approaches to Narrative: Cognition – Culture – Narrative, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier: Trier. Seidman, S, Fischer, N, & Meeks, C (eds) 2006, Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies, Taylor & Francis: London. Siegel, K 2006, Introduction to Modern Literary Theory, www.kristisiegel.com/theory.htm.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / DissertationExtended essay (4000 words)100%n/a
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
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