6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2018
Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.
A study of the literature of the English renaissance (roughly 1560-1660) through an examination of works illustrating a variety of treatments of the themes of power and desire in political, social and religious contexts.
On successfully completing this course students will be expected to have developed:
- A knowledge of the outlook - philosophical, religious, political and social - of the Renaissance and of the changes in it which characterize its sensibilities and inform its literature.
- An understanding of the ways in which a variety of poetic and dramatic texts explore the concepts of power (political, social and sexual) and of love (divine, courtly, neo-Platonic and sexual) in the Renaissance period.
- The ability to respond imaginatively and critically to texts of a period of English literature whose traditions and conventions are very different from those of the present yet which have a significant influence on it.
- An understanding of the differing attitudes to women in the Renaissance as they are expressed in its literature.
- The ability to apply different critical approaches to Renaissance texts and to the preoccupations and themes which they embody.
- The ability to argue, interpret and analyse coherently both in written work and orally in seminar discussion.
- The capacity to meet the general learning objectives of the department.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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