Module Identifier DS32120  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Christopher M Baggs  
Semester Available all semesters  
Other staff Ms Tanya C Rogers  
Pre-Requisite IL31810  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours. 10 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours. 5 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Script and Tape or CD of a presentation: lasting between 15 and 20 minutes, to a selected audience on a topic of relevance to the module subject matter70%
Semester Assessment Critical Review: of no more than 1,250 words30%

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

The 19th century witnessed the near eradication of illiteracy in Great Britain, and, towards its end, the growth of a public library system, which helped consolidate gains in literacy by providing free access to books, newspapers and periodicals, to anyone who came through the doors. Affordable reading material of all sorts became widely available to the general public, and, increasingly, library facilities were extended to those members of the community especially the new industrial class or 'rommon reader?.
This module offers an introduction and familiarisation with the relevant sources. Literacy, the role of reading and the reading experience. Various reading audiences and their reading habits: case study of women as readers. Access by the general public to reading materials, via libraries, both public and non rate supported, such as Mechanics' Institute, Co-operative Society and Miners' Institute libraries.

Transferable skills

Skills addressed - either in teaching or via assessment, are:


This module is at CQFW Level 6