English Literature 2A: Writing & Ideology ENGLIT2001

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

In this course you will be encouraged to broaden your knowledge of literary texts from a range of periods and genres and develop analytical skills that will enable you to engage critically with the formal, thematic, historical and contextual manifestations of ideology in writing. The set-texts include examples of the novel (realism, science-fiction etc), philosophical prose, poetry, drama, and the manifesto dating from the Renaissance to the present day.


Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 10am over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus;

1 x one hour seminar over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in English Literature 1B

Excluded Courses



Seminar presentation of 8 minutes: 5%

Seminar contribution: 5%

Essay (2000 words): 30%

Examination of 2 hours duration: 60%

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment is not available for seminar contribution or presentation.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ think critically about rhetoric and styles of persuasion

■ become aware of, and discuss, fundamental assumptions and outlooks, as these are embodied in some literary texts

■ explore connections between literature and other fields of human activity, e.g. history, philosophy, politics, theology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ analyse a text, showing awareness of the literary resources (syntax, imagery, levels of style and discourse, conventions of genre) it employs

■ compare and connect relevant aspects of different texts effectively

■ be alert to ways in which a text articulates ideological issues

■ situate a text in its historical context

■ perceive and articulate connections between literary texts and other forms of discourse

■ construct viable arguments about texts, with an awareness of competing or alternative critical viewpoints

■ marshal evidence effectively to support an argument and its conclusions

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.