EKIP403 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
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Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:



Text-based, topic-based and task-based work. The course will be posted in Optima where the topics, texts and tasks will be available. The texts will comprise a varied selection of prose and verse.

Completion methods

Take-home exam in Moodle

Open University: contact teaching, web-based tasks, learning assignments, an exam or a combination of these (methods of study will be specified in the annual teaching programme before the start of each academic year).

Assessment details

Assessment by written examination.

Open University: Active participation (100% attendance usually required). Learning assignments or an exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students are expected to be able to

- identify and describe specified tools used in literary analysis
- apply specified analytical tools to given literary texts
- identify and describe broad categories of genres, forms and techniques
- provide appropriate evidence for textual comment
- write a critical analysis of a literary text applying specified analytical tools.

Additional information

This course is for students who will complete their basic studies in English according to the 2017-2020 syllabus. 

Students usually come to the Department having had little experience of thinking critically about literature. Add to that the fact that the literature here is in a foreign language, and it is understandable if some students may approach the idea and process of learning about literary study with some uncertainty. Yet as University students of English, including many future teachers of English, the rich resource of literature in English should be one that students are able to benefit from both in their own reading and in the case of teachers of English in their professional lives. So the critical tools provided on this course provide a foundation for reading and writing about literature.

Description of prerequisites

None. The course is designed for 1st year students.

Study materials

Students are required to have their own copies of the following books.


  • Lodge, The Art of Fiction, (1992), Penguin; ISBN: 0-14-017492-3
  • Montgomery et al., Ways of Reading, 4th ed. 2013), Routledge; ISBN: 978-0-415-67747-9

Completion methods

Method 1

This course is for students who will complete their basic studies in English according to the 2017-2020 syllabus.
Evaluation criteria:
Written exam
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (3 cr)

Independent study
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