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CO2001 Good and Evil

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:1.00 pm

This module introduces students to set texts, both canonical and non-canonical, which address the theme of ‘Good and Evil’. Read in English translation, the texts are originally written in a range of languages (drawn from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish, and English), represent a number of different genres (e.g. novels, poetry, film), and span a broad historical range (typically from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century). Students will thus analyse the many ways in which ‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ have been conceived and represented in different literary traditions, genres and at different times. Targeted work on relevant comparative theories and methodologies as well as issues raised by translation will underpin the module, and will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills acquired at Level 1 of the comparative literature programme.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):CO1001 or CO1002
UG Modules required for:CO2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 lectures, 1 seminar, 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 40
  • Guided independent study: 160

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Bond
Module teaching staff:Team taught