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CO4002   The Literary Canon

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Combining a theoretical framework with a number of case studies, this module will introduce students to the history and changing conceptions of the literary canon and its construction, exploring questions such as 'what do we mean by a classic and who decides?; 'why do some texts survive whilst others do not?'; 'what different factors - e.g. educational and other institutions, the material conditions of production, reception and distribution, the politics of reading and writing, contemporary technologies - affect the formation of the canon in different periods and different countries?'

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass CO4003

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 16

Guided independent study hours: 134

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Team taught