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Critical Approaches to Creative Practice: Methodology, Research & Literature - CED00001M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Introduce a range of texts for close reading and critical analysis
  • Build on the academic rigorousness established in the preceding module
  • Develop scholarly writing and intellectual debate
  • Develop an awareness of the elements of specific forms of writing (poetry, prose and scripting)
  • Explore the development and application of critical practice
  • Engage in theoretical, critical and methodological discussions
  • Develop communication, comprehension and co-operation alongside analytical, critical thinking
  • Develop appropriate academic skills and language for critical analysis, argument, referencing, research and essay writing
  • Offer opportunities to respond imaginatively to the texts studied
  • Increase understanding of the key aspects of writing (plot, setting, characters, point of view)
  • Create regular reflective practice, through the keeping of a Learning Log

Module learning outcomes

By the conclusion of the module the student should be able to:

Subject content

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical, critical and methodological approaches to literature
  • Express critical evaluations of creative and academic literature verbally and in writing
  • Respond intellectually and creatively to literary works
  • Write an essay that is sustained offering a measured, convincing and scholarly argument

Academic and graduate skills

  • Demonstrate research skills by engaging with a variety of sources
  • Select and organise appropriate information
  • Express complex ideas arising from both in academic and creative work with clarity

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

  • Approach unfamiliar texts with a sense of confidence


Task Length % of module mark
Critical Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Critical Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

Required Reading

  • Cottrell, S. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. (Palgrave Study Skills). (2011) Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Culler, J. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction. (2011) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Greetham, B. How to Write Better Essays. (Palgrave Study Skills) (2008) Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Woolf,J. Writing About Literature. (2005) Oxon: Routledge

Key texts selected for critical analysis in poetry, prose and scripts to be decided.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.