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Critical Book Review


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7

Module description

The primary aim of this module is to introduce you to the critical reading and appraisal of an extended academic work such as a published monograph or book.

You will be asked to read a book or monograph from an approved list (provided in the first lesson) reflecting a range of specialist topics related to your Master's programme. You will then have to produce a report situating the book within a broader context and assessing the argumentation presented in the work, both in terms of rhetorical style and evidence drawn upon by the author.

This will be supported by three two-hour seminars covering (1) current theoretical debates in the field, (2) style and rhetoric of argumentation, and (3) the mechanics of completing a critical review of an extended work.