DN530 BA Humanities English Literature (ENS5)

The BA Humanities is an innovative, interdisciplinary four-year programme that combines multiple subjects to provide coherence and depth to student learning within nine carefully structured pathways. Taught by expert academics in the Arts and Humanities, the BA Humanities programme offers both intensive training in particular disciplines and unique skill sets that are developed by bringing together subjects that and relate closely to each other. Students will gain essential life and employment skills, including critical, analytical and creative thinking, and expert communications, while learning how to be adaptable and flexible in preparation for employment in a dynamic work environment.

Students on the English Literature pathway will explore texts ranging from the Old English, medieval and early modern periods to the nineteenth and through to the twenty-first century. These texts extend across national boundaries and regions, from British to Irish to American to World Literature, and cover multiple genres. You will explore literary production, and learn about the value of literature by analysing how fiction, poetry and drama are inspired, shaped, released and received in particular historical and cultural contexts, and understanding how the meanings of literary texts change and renew across different times and places.

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The Single Honours English programme is aimed at students who love reading, who value literature and appreciate its fundamental role in shaping society and the individual. This programme aims to attract students who wish  to specialise in a single subject and who wish to deepen and refine their critical engagement with a wide variety of English-language texts and cultures from the early middle-ages to the present. By concentrating on a single subject, students are educated in the history of literary and cultural production, in current theoretical methods and approaches, and in a wide range of generic, historical and national literatures. Through innovative teaching, learning, and assessment methods, we promote our core values – independence, creativity, collaboration, critical reflection, cultural engagement, and social and political consciousness.  Lecture, seminar, workshop, and small group work are at the core of our teaching. In these supportive learning environments students and their lecturer/tutor come together in the spirit of mutual inquiry, reflection, discussion, and debate.  Work is assessed by a variety of methods including exam, essay, reflective journals, presentations, worksheets, portfolios, creative writing, individual and group projects. Together these diverse modes of assessment foster the development of a range of important qualities and proficiencies.  We work to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, resources and inspiration useful for a range of professions and beneficial for life, and to produce graduates capable of fulfilling their highest potential as critically-minded and creative citizens. The challenges, experiences and opportunities provided in this educational environment prepare students for a variety of different workplaces.


1 - Apply in-depth knowledge of literary production in a wide range of specific time periods and cultures, and capable of identifying aesthetic innovations and trends
2 - Demonstrate an extensive command of literary terminology, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of texts in a range of genres and media
3 - Illustrate refined and sophisticated skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading, and highly attentive to the tensions and ambiguity of texts and language
4 - Express nuanced understanding of form, genre and mode, and an ability to connect ideas across different periods and cultures from the early middle ages to the present
5 - Communicate ideas and concepts with clarity, precision, depth and style, while demonstrating an awareness of genre (e.g. essay, reflective journal, oral presentation), modes of argument, rhetorical skills, and audience
6 - Inform scholarship by appropriate academic and theoretical skills
7 - Apply creative, innovative and independent thinking in approach and response to complex issues, with a significant capacity to transfer skills and ideas from one intellectual sphere to another
8 - Apply creative, innovative and independent thinking in approach and response to complex issues, with a significant capacity to transfer skills and ideas from one intellectual sphere to another
9 - Develop a proficiency in reading Old and Middle English language, and ability to critically analyse key works of medieval literature
10 - Generate a lifelong commitment to the value of reading with an ongoing desire to explore the rich variety of literary and cultural production and cultural history
11 - Articulate the value and radical transformative potential of literature and literary studies, and become an enthusiastic advocate for the discipline in wider society
12 - Carry out effective research, and be able to identify gaps in knowledge and locate and evaluate appropriate sources of information, and having completed independently an extended research project
13 - Advance to Postgraduate studies will all the necessary critical, writing and research skills

UCD Arts & Humanities Programme Office,
Newman Building,
Belfield,
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8321/8102

Web: www.ucd.ie/ahss

Stage 1

Students are pre-registered to 7 core modules (35 credits) and should choose two option modules (10 credits). Students should then choose an additional Arts and Humanities subject (10 credits) and 1 elective module (5 credits).
It is recommended that students spread their credit workload evenly between Autumn and Spring.

Stage 2

Students will be pre-registered to 6 x core modules (5 credits). Students should choose 4 x option modules (5 credits) plus 2 x general electives (5 credits). Students are encouraged to register for other courses available in the School, or in related subjects.

Stage 3

Stage 3 students who remain in UCD for the full year should take four x 10 credit Level 3 option modules (two to be taken in the autumn trimester and two to be taken in the spring trimester) and two Level 3 x 5 credit option modules. Students may select minimum two electives (Level 1 or 2) (5 credits), one offering per trimester OR alternatively students may select option modules (Level 1 or 2) (5 credits) to replace the electives.
Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose at least two 10 credit English modules and one 5 credit English module for one trimester.

Stage 4

Students should register to the core modules ENG30970 Dissertation Research Methods (5 credits, autumn) and ENG32460 Dissertation (15 credits, spring). Students should register to 2 x 10 credit option modules and 1 x 5 credit option module in the autumn trimester. Students should register to 1 x 10 credit option module and 1 x 5 credit option module in the spring trimester.

Students can register to Level 1/2 option modules (5 credits) x 2 or choose 2 x 5 credit elective mdoules.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
ENG10120 How to Read Poetry Autumn

5

ENG10130 Contemporary Irish Writing Autumn

5

ENG10230 Reading World Literature Autumn

5

ENG10180 Comics and Fantasy Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10030 Literary Genre: the Art of Criticism and the Craft of Writing Spring

5

ENG10080 Writing the Body Spring

5

ENG10220 Literature and Crisis Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Choose a minimum of 2 modules from the following list
     
CRWT10010 Creative Writing 1 Autumn

5

ENG10250 Horror Literature Autumn

5

ENG10020 Children's Literature Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

CRWT10020 Creative Writing 2 Spring

5

ENG10190 Imagining Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Studies Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN2OF:
Choose a minimum of 2 modules from the following list
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Additional elective choice
     
ENG10240 Speculative Fiction: Gothic, Science Fiction and the Apocalypse Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Additional elective choice
     
Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Spanish Beginners

Spanish Non-Beginners

Film Studies

French

Greek & Roman Civilization

German Beginners

German Non-Beginners

History

Irish Studies

Music (BA Humanities)

Drama Studies

Stage 1 Options - Subject / Streams
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
ENG20230 Reading Old English I Autumn

5

ENG20400 Critical Theory Autumn

5

ENG20450 Writing and Performance in the Age of Shakespeare: Renaissance Literature Autumn

5

HUM20040 Primary Source Research in the Humanities A: Exploring UCD Cultural Heritage Collections Autumn

5

ENG20410 Reading Medieval Literature Spring

5

ENG20770 Advanced Old & Middle English Spring

5

Stage 2 Core Modules
     
Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Students must choose a minimum of 4 option modules from this list.
     
ENG20440 Reading the story of Ireland: Irish Literature in English Autumn

5

ENG20460 From Victorian to Modern Literature, 1830-1914 Autumn

5

ENG20250 Twentieth-Century Drama: From Naturalism to Postmodernism Spring

5

ENG20430 Modern American Literature Spring

5

ENG20490 Romanticism Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - A)MIN4OF:
Students must choose a minimum of 4 option modules from this list.
     
Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Additional option module.
     
HUM20030 Career Readiness (Humanities) Spring

5

Stage 2 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Additional option module.
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 2 x 5 credit Level 3 option modules from this list, 1 in the autumn trimester and 1 in the spring trimester. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules each option list for one trimester.
     
ENG31780 Contemporary European Crime Fiction Autumn

5

ENG32300 Making Shakespeare Autumn

5

ENG32520 Ugly Feelings Autumn

5

ENG31110 Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Spring

5

ENG32310 Climate and Environment in Global Literature Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 2 x 5 credit Level 3 option modules from this list, 1 in the autumn trimester and 1 in the spring trimester. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules each option list for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 4 x 10 credit option modules, 2 in the autumn trimester and 2 in the spring trimester. list. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from each option list for one trimester.
     
CRWT30230 Experimental Poetry Autumn

10

ENG31920 War Fiction 1870–1930: Imagined Wars and the Experience of War Autumn

10

ENG31940 Global Science Fiction Autumn

10

ENG31950 Architecture and Narrative Autumn

10

ENG31960 Apocalyse Then: Old Eng. Lit. Autumn

10

ENG32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in America, Britain and Ireland Autumn

10

ENG32050 Reading Joyce Autumn

10

ENG32080 Social Networks in Fiction: from Jane Austen to Conan Doyle Autumn

10

ENG32090 Masculinities and Manhood in Irish Writing and Culture Autumn

10

ENG32100 Fin-de-Siecle Autumn

10

ENG32110 Literature and Science Autumn

10

ENG32230 Reading Beckett Autumn

10

ENG32240 Chaucer in Context Autumn

10

ENG32390 A Book of Kings Autumn

10

ENG32400 Gender & Sexuality in 18th C Autumn

10

ENG32470 Climate Change&Canadian North Autumn

10

ENG32490 Seventeenth-Century Women: Texts, Lives, Documents Autumn

10

ENG32580 Theatres of War Autumn

10

ENG32610 Contemporary Irish Writing Autumn

10

ENG31980 Jane Austen and her Peers Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32160 Reading the Irish Revival Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32180 Poetry in Performance Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32270 Post-War US Fiction Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG31900 Yeats and the Arts Spring

10

ENG31930 Irish Fiction After 2010 Spring

10

ENG31990 Reading Gender and Sexuality Spring

10

ENG32000 Contemp. Irish Women's Poetry Spring

10

ENG32070 Medieval Celluloid Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

ENG32200 Sexuality & American Modernism Spring

10

ENG32220 Popular Fiction in Britain Spring

10

ENG32250 Irish Women's Writing Spring

10

ENG32290 Reading Ulysses Spring

10

ENG32340 The Modern Short Story and Personal Essay: Critical and Creative Approaches Spring

10

ENG32380 Sexuality and the State in Irish Drama and Culture Spring

10

ENG32420 Romanticism Rights & Revolutio Spring

10

ENG32500 Fiction and Financial Crises Spring

10

ENG32590 Memory and Testimony in Performance Spring

10

ENG32600 Creative Non-Fiction Spring

10

Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students who remain in UCD for the full year in stage 3 should choose 4 x 10 credit option modules, 2 in the autumn trimester and 2 in the spring trimester. list. Any students on a trimester exchange or internship in stage 3 should choose an even spread of modules from each option list for one trimester.
     
Stage 3 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students may select 2 x 5 credit English electives or 2 x 5 credit general electives.
     
ENG10250 Horror Literature Autumn

5

ENG10020 Children's Literature Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10180 Comics and Fantasy Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10190 Imagining Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Studies Spring

5

ENG10240 Speculative Fiction: Gothic, Science Fiction and the Apocalypse Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - D)MIN0OF:
Students may select 2 x 5 credit English electives or 2 x 5 credit general electives.
     
Stage 3 Options - D1)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
HUM30020 Internship-Autumn (Humanities) Autumn

30

HUM30030 Internship- Spring (Humanities) Spring

30

Stage 3 Options - D1)MIN0OF:
Students who have been offered a College sourced internship, or self-sourced their own internship with approval from the Programme Board should register to the internship module in the appropriate trimester.
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
ENG30970 Dissertation Research Methods Autumn

5

ENG32460 Dissertation Spring

15

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)3OF:
3 x 10 credit modules
     
ENG31920 War Fiction 1870–1930: Imagined Wars and the Experience of War Autumn

10

ENG31940 Global Science Fiction Autumn

10

ENG31950 Architecture and Narrative Autumn

10

ENG31960 Apocalyse Then: Old Eng. Lit. Autumn

10

ENG32020 Detecting Fictions: the Crime Novel in America, Britain and Ireland Autumn

10

ENG32050 Reading Joyce Autumn

10

ENG32080 Social Networks in Fiction: from Jane Austen to Conan Doyle Autumn

10

ENG32090 Masculinities and Manhood in Irish Writing and Culture Autumn

10

ENG32100 Fin-de-Siecle Autumn

10

ENG32110 Literature and Science Autumn

10

ENG32230 Reading Beckett Autumn

10

ENG32240 Chaucer in Context Autumn

10

ENG32390 A Book of Kings Autumn

10

ENG32400 Gender & Sexuality in 18th C Autumn

10

ENG32470 Climate Change&Canadian North Autumn

10

ENG32490 Seventeenth-Century Women: Texts, Lives, Documents Autumn

10

ENG32560 Writing Black: African American Literature and Racial Consciousness Autumn

10

ENG32580 Theatres of War Autumn

10

ENG32610 Contemporary Irish Writing Autumn

10

ENG31980 Jane Austen and her Peers Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32160 Reading the Irish Revival Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32180 Poetry in Performance Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG32270 Post-War US Fiction Autumn and Spring (separate)

10

ENG31900 Yeats and the Arts Spring

10

ENG31930 Irish Fiction After 2010 Spring

10

ENG31990 Reading Gender and Sexuality Spring

10

ENG32000 Contemp. Irish Women's Poetry Spring

10

ENG32070 Medieval Celluloid Spring

10

ENG32130 Irish Gothic Spring

10

ENG32200 Sexuality & American Modernism Spring

10

ENG32220 Popular Fiction in Britain Spring

10

ENG32250 Irish Women's Writing Spring

10

ENG32290 Reading Ulysses Spring

10

ENG32340 The Modern Short Story and Personal Essay: Critical and Creative Approaches Spring

10

ENG32380 Sexuality and the State in Irish Drama and Culture Spring

10

ENG32420 Romanticism Rights & Revolutio Spring

10

ENG32500 Fiction and Financial Crises Spring

10

ENG32590 Memory and Testimony in Performance Spring

10

ENG32600 Creative Non-Fiction Spring

10

Stage 4 Options - A)3OF:
3 x 10 credit modules
     
Stage 4 Options - C)MIN0OF:
Students may choose 2 x general electives (5 credits) or 2 x English option modules (5 credits)
     
ENG10250 Horror Literature Autumn

5

ENG20450 Writing and Performance in the Age of Shakespeare: Renaissance Literature Autumn

5

ENG20460 From Victorian to Modern Literature, 1830-1914 Autumn

5

ENG10020 Children's Literature Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10180 Comics and Fantasy Autumn and Spring (separate)

5

ENG10190 Imagining Canada: An Introduction to Canadian Studies Spring

5

ENG10240 Speculative Fiction: Gothic, Science Fiction and the Apocalypse Spring

5

ENG20250 Twentieth-Century Drama: From Naturalism to Postmodernism Spring

5

ENG20430 Modern American Literature Spring

5

ENG20490 Romanticism Spring

5


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