Places and Journeys (TRU3033)
|Pre-requisites||120 credits at level 2|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This is essentially a module about describing things and about the consequences of doing so, and the expectation is that students will be able to apply insights derived from the close reading of set texts to their own practice as writers. The module is organised thematically. Weekly set readings, as well as offering examples of literary approaches to places and journeys, will encourage students to reflect on the cultural constitution and history of place and space, facilitating writing that is alert to its own conventions and constraints. The set readings are intended to strike a particular note to which students are invited to respond, rather than epitomising all there is to say about a given topic. Students will also be encouraged to visit places or simulacra of places they wish to write about, and to reflect on the difference between writing about visited and unvisited landscapes and buildings.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate an advanced critical understanding of the relationship between writing and the physical environment.
- 2. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to produce written descriptions of their experience of places and journeys.
- 3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to engage with the politics of travel writing.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation of formal techniques and imaginative expression in creative writing.
- 5. Demonstrate an advanced ability to produce pieces of creative writing, in agreement with specified forms and genres taught on the module.
- 6. Analyse and critically examine, at an advanced level, diverse forms of narrative nonfiction.
- 7. Present persuasive responses to and discussion of their own creative writing and the work of other authors, both peers and published authors.
- 8. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a variety of critical positions.
- 9. Articulate a broad range of appropriate critical and professional terminology.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 10. Through seminar work, demonstrate advanced communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups.
- 11. Through engaging with material culture and the physical environment in their creative work, demonstrate appropriate research and fieldwork skills, an advanced capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, advanced skills of creative expression, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose.
- 12. Through research for seminars and writing, demonstrate advanced proficiency in information retrieval and analysis.
1. Mountains. Robert MacFarlane Mountains of the Mind
2. Sea. Essays by Jonathan Raban and Orhan Pamuk
3. Islands, uninhabited. Adam Nicolson, Sea Room
4. Rivers. Jonathan Raban, Old Glory
5. The City. Extracts from Henry Mayhew's London's Underworld and Joan Didion's New York in Sentimental Journeys
6. Writing workshop
7. Museums. Jan Morris On Looking at Things, Bill Reid People of the Potlatch and Art of the British Columbia Indian
8. Roads. Iain Sinclair, London Orbital
9. Trains. Jenny Diski Stranger on a Train
10. Sky. William Fiennes The Snow Geese
11. Home. Madeleine Bunting, The Plot
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||Lecture (11x1hr)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminar (11x2hrs)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||11||Study group (11x1hr)|
|Guided independent study||256||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|One-page experiments in writing on the week's theme||Approx. 500 words||Writing workshops|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Object description||30||1,500 words||All (except PKS a)||Essay feedback sheet and marker's annotations|
|Narrative nonfiction relating to a place or journey||70||3,500 words||All (except PKS a)||Essay feedback sheet and marker's annotations|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Object description||Object description||All (except PKS a)||tbc|
|Narrative nonfiction relating to a place or journey||Narrative nonfiction relating to a place or journey||All (except PKS a)||tbc|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind (Granta, 2003)
William Fiennes, The Snow Geese (Picador, 2002)
Jenny Diski, Stranger on a Train (Virago, 2004)
Jonathan Raban, Old Glory (Picador, 1981)
Adam Nicolson, Sea Room (HarperCollins, 2002)
Madeleine Bunting, The Plot (Granta, 2009)
Iain Sinclair, London Orbital (Granta, 2002)
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