Introduction to Literature for University Study - FOUN0028

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module is designed to introduce students to a wide range of English literature through an accessible selection of texts from two of the major literary genres. Students will be encouraged to combine a personal response with critical analysis in order to further their understanding of the texts under discussion, and the module will provide an essential grounding in the subject area of English Literature on which further study can be based.


Contact hours

Contract hours per week: 44
Private study hours: 106
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Essay (1200 words) (30%)
Seminar Participation (20%)
In Course Test (45 minutes) (10%)
Exam (2 hours) (40%)

JYA English Plus alternative assessment in lieu of exam
Written Assignment (1500 words) (40%)

Reassessment method: 100% coursework (JYA English Plus 100% coursework)

Indicative reading

Fitzgerald, F. (1922). 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz'. In: Tales of the Jazz Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kang, H. (2016). The Vegetarian. London: Portobello Books.
Kincaid, J. (1978). 'Girl'. In: At the Bottom of the River. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Stassen, J. (2006). Deogratias: A tale of Rwanda. New York: First Second.

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:
- differentiate between the main literary genres
- appreciate some of the defining features of novellas and short stories
- recognise some of the relationships between content and form in literature
- analyse the text critically, using a range of literary terms
- analyse and compare literature and film adaptations
- recognise and appreciate some key themes and tropes present in literature
- engage with secondary literature to enhance analytical ability

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- read a range of texts appropriate for university level study more efficiently and with greater understanding and interpretation
- approach reading in a critical manner through practical textual analysis
- demonstrate improved essay writing skills, including use of appropriate academic register, quotations, textual references, and bibliography
- demonstrate improved understanding of themes through seminar participation
- comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars and tutorials, manage time and learning effectively


  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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