Reaching Out: Engaging Communities in literature and Creative Writing - ENGL7300

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2021 to 2022.


This module provides an opportunity for students to think about the role of literature, writing, and reading in community settings and develop and implement their own community engagement project. Students will plan and deliver a project which will take place in a community setting. Examples include, but are not limited to, a creative writing workshop with a local charity; a poetry walk in collaboration with an arts organisation; a reading group with a specific community. The class based activities will introduce students to key concepts in community engagement, both theoretical and practical; interrogate the ethics and politics of literature and/or writing outside of a university context; support students in thinking creatively when planning and developing a community based initiative; enable students to reflect critically on their own learning and evaluate the successes and failures of literary based community projects, including their own.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Total private study hours: 256
Total module study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:

Seminar Performance: (10%)
First Assignment: Project Proposal (1,000 words) (20%)
Second Assignment: Community Project Portfolio (70%):
• Practical work related to community project
• EITHER a reflective commentary on the development, implementation and delivery of the community project (2000 words)
• OR a portfolio documenting the creative process of the community project AND a reflective commentary on the development, implementation and delivery of the community project (1000 words)

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, Routledge 2003.
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of The Oppressed, Penguin 2017.
Andrew Bennett, Readers and Reading, Routledge, 1995.
Fiona Sampson (ed), Creative writing in Health and Social Care, London: Jessica Kingsley, 2004.
Thomas G. Causer, Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing, Cornell University Press: New York, 2004.
Christine M Cress et al., Learning Through Serving, Stylus Publishing, 2013.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a systematic knowledge of community engagement and the role of literature and/or the arts in community contexts;
2. analyse a range of literary texts and community projects which explore the role and/or history of literature in the community;
3. show an ability to question assumptions about the role of literature in community engagement and reflect critically on their own learning process;
4. demonstrate the ability to design, organise and implement a community based literature project;
5. demonstrate the ability to work independently, manage their own time, and think creatively in response to seminar materials and their own community based initiative;
6. demonstrate communication skills and the ability to adapt and make decisions in unpredictable contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate the ability to critically engage with and analyse texts;
2. display strong communication skills and an ability to actively participate in group discussions;
3. show an increased capacity for self-directed working, the ability to plan and implement a project, and manage time keeping in academic and workplace contexts;
4. reflect on project management skills and evaluate the success and difficulties of their project;
5. demonstrate an ability to work independently and with others, both students and potential third party stakeholders and/or beneficiaries.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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