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Culture and Text


Monday 22 April - Monday 01 July 2024, 6pm-9pm

9 sessions - Check class timetable


Our Culture and Text short course introduces you to the study of written cultures across a variety of periods and language-speaking areas. The initial emphasis will be on the novel, but we will also explore other textual artefacts such as drama, poetry, the essay and other discursive texts. You will gain the skills to analyse different textual media, learn about their histories and how they have developed differently in different cultural contexts. You will also engage with significant theoretical ideas in the study of written cultures.

A key aim of the course is to enable you to understand and engage with cultures comparatively, allowing you to compare and contrast histories and cultural production across more than one language-speaking area.

In this course we will cover:

  • Studying the Novel: Introduction, Histories, Key Skills, Theories, Genres
  • Studying Texts
  • Studying Poetry
  • Studying Drama
  • Studying the Essay
  • Texts, Rhetoric and Propaganda

Assessment is via a 1500-word essay (50%) and 1500-word take-home test (50%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.