ED3SE1-Subject Specialism 3: English

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mrs Stephanie Sharp
Email: s.sharp@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module builds on the exploration of children’s literature from previous modules. With a focus on fantasy and realism students will investigate how literature is categorised and compare the value placed on different types of texts. As technology continues to impact on reading, the module also explores the concept of the book as a physical object and compares its value against other formats.


  • To develop the student as a critical reader of a wide range of texts with a broader and deeper understanding of the value and meaning of literature

  • To discuss how literature is categorised and compare the value placed on different types of texts

  • To explore the concept of literature as cultural capital

  • To gain an awareness of how the study of literary theory and research supports and complements the study of literature

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion, candidates will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to critically engage with a range of sources, including the set texts and research

  • Be able to synthesise arguments about the relative merits of different formats and the perceived quality of different texts

  • Be able to propose and defend an argument about the merits (or otherwise) of books read

Additional outcomes:

Successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate how the study of the theory of literature and research supports and complements the study of children’s literature

  • Widen understanding of the traditional genre of children’s literature Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which readers respond to texts, including personal response

Outline content:

This module involves reading, and reviewing, a range of literature that will include literary prize winners in children’s and young adult fiction, such as The Carnegie and Amnesty CILLIP Honour Prizes.  The content of these texts can be challenging.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include lecturing, discussion and practical activities, and which will include blended learning, provided through Blackboard.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 7 16
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study: 75 100
Total hours by term 83 117
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written assignment 2,500 words

Formative assessment methods:
Students will engage in group presentations, readings and informed discussions

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
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:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: Additional costs will vary according to the choice of novels used. Students should expect to spend in the region of £40.00 in order to complete this module.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Occasional printing of materials, although photocopies of materials will be provided in the teaching sessions. Students will need to provide a printed copy of their assessment. Library printing costs are 5p for B/W page and 15p for colour page.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 6 December 2021


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