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EN3905   Crime and Passion in Popular Culture 2: Since 1900

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to students on the Evening Degree Programme

Planned timetable: Tue 6.30 - 9.00 pm

Though it may seem like a rather narrow view, crime and passion are, arguably, the driving forces behind every branch of the arts. During this course, we'll be unpacking these deceptively simple terms, 'crime' and 'passion', with the intention of determining the motivating factors behind, persistent themes in, and popular responses to, a number of major works that have appeared since 1900. Many questions will be raised and addressed along the way. What, for example, constitutes a 'crime'? Is it a simple problem of legislature, or is there an ongoing tension between legislation and ethical common sense? What is 'passion', and in what forms can it become manifest? Looking back over the long twentieth century, we will be thinking about these terms, how the arts have addressed them, and how, both individually and collectively, we can be inspired, influenced, enlightened and (potentially) corrupted by artistic output.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take EN2901

Anti-requisite(s): Students may not take any full-time module in english

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture and 1 x 1.5-hour seminar

Scheduled learning hours: 28

Guided independent study hours: 272

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr J D Byatt
Module teaching staff: Dr J Byatt