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The syllabus is ours to decide; students will chose – in communication with their teacher – texts about travel and mobility which will then be pre-circulated and discussed in class. The texts can be primary texts about a particular travel experience, crossing centuries and regions (and you may want to consult an anthology like Paul Fussell’s Norton Book of Travel as a first instance) but also secondary texts of criticism or texts offering theories of travel and mobility. The choice is yours. The only limitation is one of length: individual texts (and you may want to use extracts) should not exceed a maximum of 10 pages. Students will have to prepare two texts per week, so read a total of up to 20 pages.

Once successfully registered for this course, students will receive further instructions about text selection, preparation, presentation and a more detailed schedule in late-November/ early December 2015.

 

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Objectives


The aim of this course, which should be taken towards or at the end of a student’s BA studies, is to bring together, and critically reflect upon, various contents and skills students have learned during their time as English Studies students. While the course is structured by theme – text, travel and mobility – and we will compile a coherent annotated (i.e. critical) anthology of appropriate/ representative texts online, the methodology we will be pursuing is equally important: students have to independently (although in communication with their teacher) chose an appropriate text that fits under the broad thematic remit of the course; prepare this text for presentation and discussion in class; write up the discussion and create an online presence for this respective text. Students will also be expected to prepare for the discussion of their peers’ texts and aide their colleagues in preparing their written piece for online presentation. There are thus a research component, a presentation, a writing component and a significant interactive element to this course – led by the students rather than the teacher who takes a more consultative role.

If you have never written a website, do not worry; we will get to this in a simple, step-by-step manner and also have technical assistance (within and outside the course) at hand.

Our overall objective is to summarise, reflect upon and celebrate your four years of English Studies with great texts, good discussions, articulate written contributions and a lasting web presence that has your name on it.

 

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Organisation


We will meet once a week, on Tuesdays from 10.30-12.20 (Second Semester). For the first eight weeks of the semester, our meetings will consist of discussions of your chosen and pre-circulated texts. Each student is responsible for choosing, preparing and guiding the discussion of one text about travel or mobility (or something related to travel and mobility). During the final weeks of the semester we will focus on writing up these introductions and discussions (i.e. annotating our texts), peer-reviewing and editing these and creating a simple Google website presence for each text which will go online into a School of English archive that showcases our BA students’ work.

 

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Assessment


Course assessment is 100% coursework, consisting of oral participation (70%) and written contributions (30%).

More specifically, assessment components include the selection of an appropriate text that deals with travel/ mobility, preparing and guiding the discussion of this text in the relevant session, writing up an introduction/ discussion/ analysis of the relevant text, peer-reviewing other students’ work and creating a simple Google website for the School of English archive.

 

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Texts


In this course, students are responsible for the syllabus. We will discuss the texts that you chose and pre-circulate to the entire group. More information and a more detailed schedule will follow in November/ December 2015.

 

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Last updated: 14 July 2015