Module Information

Module Identifier
EN29720
Module Title
Explorations
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
External Examiners
  • Dr Paul Mcdonald (Senior Lecturer - University of Wolverhampton)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay Assignment  1 x 1500 word creative piece (worth 30%) plus a 1000 word commentary (worth 30%) OR 1 x 2000 word essay (50%)  50%
Semester Assessment Essay Assignment  1 x 1500 word creative piece (worth 30%) plus a 1000 word commentary (worth 30%) OR 1 x 2000 word essay (50%)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Essay Assignment  Resubmit missing or failed assignment: 1 x 1500 word creative piece (worth 30%) plus a 1000 word commentary (worth 30%) OR 1 x 2000 word essay (50%)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit Essay Assignment  Resubmit missing or failed assignment: 1 x 1500 word creative piece (worth 30%) plus a 1000 word commentary (worth 30%) OR 1 x 2000 word essay (50%)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical and technical awareness of fictional and non-fictional writing about exploration and jurneys to the unknown.

2. Display a critical and technical awareness of a range of theoretical perspectives relevant to travel writing.

3. Show a reflective awareness of the manner by which themes and techniques employed in the set texts have informed their own critical and/or creative practice.

4. Write in a disciplined and cogent manner, making use of appropriate registers and conventions.

Aims

This module offers students the opportunity to critically and creatively engage with a range of fictional and non-fictional material which takes as its subject the work of observing, interpreting, and articulating the exploration of the far reaches of this world and beyond. It will form base knowledge on which later modules (such as Writing and Place, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Place and Self) will build. It will be a dual assessment module, open to both English Literature and Creative Writing students.

Brief description

This module offers students the opportunity to critically and creatively engage with a range of fictional and non-fictional material which takes as its subject the work of observing, interpreting, and articulating the exploration of the far reaches of this world and beyond. The module will begin with an introduction to the theoretical and practical strategies associated with travel writing in general, before considering factual and fictional accounts of discovery voyager through a comparison of Charles Darwin and Patrick O’Brian. The module will then contrast Antarctic exploration from the perspective of Captain Scott’s all-male expedition and the all-female cast of Ursula Le Guin’s ‘Sur’. Expeditions to the Himalayas will be discussed through work by Jon Krakauer and Michelle Paver. The final part of the module will examine the most extreme form of travel writing there is – books written by the Apollo astronauts – and compare it to Jules Verne’s prescient fictional depictions of lunar exploration. The module will introduce students to range of authors, theoretical concepts and writing practices which will form a base knowledge on which later modules can build. Teaching delivery will consist of ten 50-minute lectures and ten 2-hour seminar/workshops. It will be an dual assessment module, open to both English Literature and Creative Writing students.

Content

 Week 1: Travel Writing: Topics and Theories
 Week 2: Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle
 Week 3: Patrick O’Brian, The Far Side of the World
 Week 4: Apsley Cherry-Garrard, The Worst Journey in the World
 Week 5: Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Sur’
 Week 6: Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
 Week 7: Michelle Paver, Thin Air
 Week 8: Eugene Cernan, The Last Man on the Moon
 Week 9: Jules Verne, Around the Moon
 Week 10: Unmade Journeys: Where Do We Go From Here?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication (Written) By developing a sustained critical argument (Oral) Through group discussions and seminar presentations (not assessed
Improving own Learning and Performance Through reflecting on how theoretical understanding can be used to improve the students’ own creative practice.
Information Technology By using word processing packages and making use of Blackboard and other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials.
Personal Development and Career planning Through increased critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, communication and research skills.
Problem solving .;By evaluative analysis and critical skills.
Research skills By independent and directed research for seminar preparation and work on summative assessment tasks.
Subject Specific Skills Writing skills and conceptual knowledge in key fields of creative writing and literary study.
Team work Through group work in seminars.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5