Module Identifier PGM0410  
Module Title WAYS OF READING  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Michael F Roberts  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Christopher S P Harding, Dr Damian Walford Davies, Professor David A Trotter, Professor Peter T Barry, Dr Daniel G J Chandler, Ms Moira M Vincentelli, Dr Michael F Roberts  
Course delivery Lecture   30 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 5.000 word Essay. Assessment linked to students own research, possibly consisting of a particular form of textual analysis or a discussion of the theoretical basis of a specific approach to the interpretation and analysis of verbal and/or visual texts.100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

Brief description

This module is designed for research students in the Faculty of Arts and for AHRC remit students within the Faculty of Social Sciences. It will provide research training in the analysis of texts defined in the broadest sense to include written and printed materials, visual images, art works, dramatic performances, photography, video, film, and computer-generated images. The module has been designed to develop the students' capacity for critical 'reading'.


This module will present a series of seperate sessions each dealing with a different way of reading and approach to the interpretation and analysis of texts or types of discourse. The format will vary, but will typically involve a presentation of the chosen approach, followed by discussion. The module as a whole is underpinned by two assumptions: 1) that contemporary social life may be regarded as increasingly textually-mediated and that we live in a world of 'signs' whose meanings have to be 'read'; 2) it is valuable for research students in the humanities to become familiar with a variety of such signifying processes and with alternative ways of 'reading' them. As far as is possible, the content of each session will be geared to the research interests of those participating in the module, and students are encouraged to contribute their own experience of different ways of reading as appropriate.


The module covers the following topics:


This module is at CQFW Level 7