English Literature MA

James Joyce ENGLIT4095

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the works of James Joyce, concentrating in particular upon Ulysses and placing Joyce's works in literary, political and historical contexts. 


1 x 90min seminar weekly over nine weeks, 5 x 1hr lectures across ten weeks (alternate weeks) and 1 x 90min workshop session, as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4010  James Joyce


Moodle forum assignment (1,000 words): 20%

Close reading exercise (1,700 words): 30%  

Essay (3,000 words): 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ read a range of James Joyce's prose as well as criticism, drama and poetry

■ attend to the formal and stylistic detail of Joyce's writing

■ consider Joyce's work from a variety of critical perspectives

■ place Joyce's writings in its literary, political and historical contexts

■ examine the impact and reception of Joyce's work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ articulate a detailed knowledge of Joyce's writings

■ analyse texts with attention to relevant aspects of style and form

■ locate Joyce's writings in wider historical and political contexts

■ cite and explain key critical concepts relating to Joyce's work and its contexts as part of a broader argument

■ apply formal and analytical skills in writing about Joyce's work and its contexts

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

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.