Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Synoptic Study-Unit 2: Readings, Interpretations, Applications

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit provides students with the opportunity for guided synoptic study, leading to a three-hour exam. Three main areas of English studies – literature, linguistics, cultural criticism – are represented through a close focus on three themes, namely, Irony, Discourse and Contemporary Mythologies. In this study-unit, the focus is practical applications and interpretation, unlike the companion study-unit ENG3052, where the emphasis falls on ideas, concepts and theorisation.

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the expectations and demands of synoptic study;
- To provide students with guidance and opportunities for discussion of synoptic approaches to literature, linguistics and cultural criticism, with a special emphasis on critique and practical applications;
- To gently introduce students to the monographic teaching prevalent in postgraduate courses;
- To assess students, in formal examinations, on their ability to critique key ideas and concepts, and their pragmatic resonances, within English Studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Learn how to detect irony and its affinities within literary and other texts;
- Evaluate and compare different theoretical positions on the study of Irony;
- Critique and evaluate different theoretical positions on Discourse;
- Deploy established techniques in the evaluation of Discourse;
- Discern and critique the resonances of mythology generally in established and evolving culture;
- Approach contemporary mythologies as a means to learning more about the fields of cultural criticism and cultural studies.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Put to practical use all the theoretical outlooks and techniques covered in ENG3051 and ENG3052 on the analysis of discourse, irony and contemporary mythology;
- Write synoptically, critically and analytically on discourse, irony and contemporary mythology;
- Think and write synoptically about a range of themes, on the basis of what was imparted across ENG3051 and ENG3052.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

In view of the synoptic nature of this study-unit, main texts are not being indicated here, but comprehensive reading lists will be circulated at the start of each academic year.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Synoptic Study-Unit

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mario Aquilina
Krista Bonello Rutter Giappone
Stella Borg Barthet
Cardona Karen Borg
Ivan Callus
James David Corby
Giuliana Fenech
Maria Frendo
Marija Grech
Janice Sant
Lydia Sciriha
Odette Vassallo
Peter Vassallo

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