Individuals & Society in Literature and Film 2 DUMF2062

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The Course aims to develop students' critical capacities, as appropriate to a Level 2 Literature course, through examination of texts that present societies or individuals in relation to certain social situations. Students will engage in discussions and produce persuasively written arguments on how, for example, certain novels (often as contrasted with versions of these in film) portray or prompt questions concerning individual agency and the power of the state or society.

Timetable

Two 1-hour lectures; plus one 2-hour seminar per week.

Requirements of Entry

Students should normally have achieved a D or better in Literature 1, or Philosophy 1, or Discovering Scotland's past. However, any student who hasn't satisfied this requirement should consult with the course convener since those with an interest in literature and/or film could still be eligible to take this course.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

One Examination (I and half hours) (40%)

One Essay (2500 words) (50%)

Seminar/Tutorial Performance including Oral Presentation (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The Course aims to:

 

1. Introduce students to a range of texts, films, and ideas that are particularly pertinent to notions concerning the individual and society.

 

2. Encourage students to value and analyse the artistry of this material through work that will develop their imaginative and critical reading capacities.

 

3. Foster development of attributes such as: cooperative working; argumentation skills; confidence and judgment in producing persuasive, firmly grounded critical arguments; communication skills; and, ethical understanding.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

1. Outline and critically discuss several texts, films, and ideas concerning the individual and society in relation to a main topic (e.g. the recent filmic representation of rebellion and revolution in the young adult fiction novels in the Hunger Games series).

 

2. Express an awareness of the importance and aesthetic value of the artistry of the primary texts and films through arguments concerning these that are imaginative, eloquent, and critically insightful.

 

3. Discuss a range of texts and films through focussing on the metaphors, symbols, underlying assumptions, and other aspects pertinent to an appropriate rational critical discourse concerning the artistry and emotive content of such works.

 

4. Communicate in both their written work and oral discussions, textually specific, lucid, ethically conscious, and coherent inferences about how (in literature and film) the human condition has been portrayed.

 

5. Reflect on and critically evaluate the moral assumptions of depictions of the individual's relations with society.

 

6. Demonstrate some degree of confidence and sound judgment through engaging with others collaboratively (in workshops and seminars) to produce persuasive arguments.

 

7. Demonstrate a good understanding of the extent to which scholarly critical discourse needs to be supported by evidence from both the primary texts/films and secondary materials.

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. Students must also attend a minimum of 80% of all compulsory classes, including lectures and seminars.