ML2MRL-Love in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Catherine Léglu


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module introduces students to the varied and influential treatments of love in a selection of key texts and related works (art, music, material culture) from Medieval and Renaissance European literature. Texts are taken, according to staff availability, from French, German, Italian and Spanish literature. Texts will be read in the original language if the student is taking that language to degree level, and in English translation if not. The module is split into four thematic units: ‘Earthly Love’, ‘Courtly Love’, ‘Tragic Love’ and ‘Comic Love’.

Students will be taught key methodological approaches for literary studies, notably close reading of texts as well as how to study texts in the cultural and historical context. They will learn to analyse and to compare treatments of love across a range of works, and develop their awareness of genre. This module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and pair/group presentation skills, as well as enabling students to read the written texts and relevant studies with confidence, as well as with critical distance.

Assessable learning outcomes:
They will learn to write a commentary in English (or the language they are studying) on a literary text; to research and to write an academic essay in English (or the language they are studying); to research and to complete a worksheet in English.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop awareness of comparative approaches to literary analysis; close reading of texts in the original language; cultural and historical factors influencing literary production (e.g. patronage, performance, manuscripts, printing, gender, literacy).

Outline content:

Global context:
The D-module enables students to learn about the pre-modern literary traditions of the language areas that are taught in the Department, in a comparative and analytical approach.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is split into four themed sections, each delivered by one member of staff: ‘Earthly Love’, ‘Courtly Love’, ‘Tragic Love’ and ‘Comic Love’. In each five-week section, one or more set texts will be studied via one contact hour per week. These amount to one introductory lecture per section, plus student-led seminars and discussion-based seminars. The module is assessed by coursework only. These are a worksheet in Autumn term, an essay to be handed in at the start of Spring term, and a ‘take home’ commentary written over 24 hours at the start of Summer term. 

Students may also undertake an academic placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 4 1
Seminars 5 5 1
Practicals classes and workshops 5 5
Guided independent study 60 60 50
Total hours by term 74.00 74.00 52.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Report 20
Set exercise 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

 One piece of assessment worth no more than 50% of the module mark can be replaced by a report produced after an academic placement. The placement must be agreed in advance by the module convenor; the length of the report is to be equivalent to standard departmental practice for coursework.

Formative assessment methods:
Class discussions and non-assessed presentations, including short written assignments.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall mark

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 2 as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, by 12 NOON on the first working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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