Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Comparative Literature 1B - Heroes (Heroic Women) COMPLIT1002

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course analyses various depictions of "heroic women" in different cultural contexts and historical periods. It explores the notion of female heroism in contrast to male heroism, indicating major differences and similarities.

Timetable

Lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday at 12pm; seminars on Thursday (choice of times) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (1,500 words) - 40%

Exam (90 minutes) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ analyse various depictions of "heroic women" in different cultural contexts and historical periods;

■ explore the notion of female heroism in contrast to male heroism, indicating major differences and similarities;

■ deal with women writers' responses to male writers' depictions of female protagonists;

■ apply the analytical skills students have gained to a wide range of problems which may confront them in different situations and contexts in later life;

■ explore the features of a number of literary/cultural forms, providing a framework of ideas and methodologies appropriate to specific genres, ideas which students will apply to the comparative study of texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss selected culturally-different texts in their historical and intellectual contexts;

■ analyse, compare and contrast various texts within a unified framework, focussing on one issue/theme/topic;

■ construct cogent arguments drawing on appropriate evidence and present them coherently in writing;

■ identify the key features of the genres studied and relate these as appropriate to the comparative study of the course texts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.