English Research Methods
This module provides an introduction to advanced approaches to English. The course will be divided into three broad sections: English and Textual Studies, including textual analysis, linguistic approaches and computer technology; English and Adaptation including texts as adaptations and later versions of an author’s work, a single text or a theoretical approach; English and Creativity, including creative engagement, either theoretical or practical with the chosen topic. You will be asked to select an author, text or topic at the beginning of the course and develop your readings in relation to the three main strands.
Humanities Research Training
The module is taught alongside the Humanities Doctoral Training Programme and equips you in the necessary research skills in Humanities, offering a range of theoretical and practical training opportunities. You will contribute to workshops in research presentation, writing for publication, teaching and research, and working with sources. You will be assessed in a poster presentation of your research intentions (presented to your cohort) and an extended essay in which you contextualise your own research goals in relation to issues in Humanities as raised by the course.
Conference Organisation and Presentation
The module is designed to train you in the skills involved in event organisation and presentation. It will involve collaborative as well as individual research skills. You will be guided through the necessary training in organising a conference, choosing a topic and delivering a relevant paper. You will be assigned roles (treasurer, programme developer, marketing manager, website designer) and will also present a paper at the conference. You will be assessed on a reflective essay, outlining your contribution to the management of the conference and a written version of your presentation (including slides).
English Project Research Training
The module is designed to train you in the skills involved in designing and writing a research project in English Literature or Language. The aims of the course are to prepare the groundwork for the final dissertation and to enable you to present and receive feedback from your peers. You will produce a research proposal and critical review of relevant literature. You will also produce a case study in which the methodology and contextual research used in the proposal and critical review are tested.
The final project will be a sustained piece of writing, amounting to 15,000 words (although Creative Writing projects will vary in word count). The piece will draw on research undertaken throughout the year but will provide a new and sustained argument.
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