ENG2305 – The Victorian Period
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course introduces you to the literature and culture of the Victorian period, allowing you to explore peculiarly Victorian literary phenomena like sensation literature, city writing, spiritualist writing and mourning poetry, and helping you draw connections between Victorian literary works and the culture and history of the period.
After completing this course, you:
- are familiar with a range of both central and more obscure Victorian texts, and have an overview of some aspects of Victorian literature and culture,
- can analyse literary works from a variety of genres,
- know how to make use of relevant historical and cultural context when interpreting texts,
- are able to engage with the work of other literary critics in your written work.
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Admission to the course is required to attend seminars.
Recommended previous knowledge
It is recommended students have taken at least 10 ECTS in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature / ENG1505 – British Civilisation or equivalent. The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.
10 credits overlap with ENG4345 – The Victorian Period
Seminars, 2 hours weekly for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.
- Attendance at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
- An essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline. References and bibliography comes in addition.
Both the obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid the current semester.
As a full-time student you are expected to spend at least 12 hours a week studying for this course.
Two of those hours are spent in seminars with your teacher. The other 10 hours should be spent reading, making notes on and reflecting on primary texts, exploring secondary texts and criticism, completing the assignments posted in reading packs on Fronter, and preparing to contribute your own viewpoints and ideas to class discussions. You may also want to spend some of this time working on your essay writing skills and discussing the course material with other students.
You are expected to come prepared to each seminar. This means that you have completed the assigned reading and any other assignments given in the reading pack.
This is a seminar-based course, meaning that classes consist primarily of student-driven literary discussion. This means that while it’s fine to prefer listening to talking, you should be prepared to contribute to discussions throughout the term. The more of your week you spend exploring the set texts yourself (or in discussion with classmates), the more you will get out of seminars.
The form of assessment is a 4-hour written examination.
The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
You are allowed to use an English–English dictionary.
Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.