Irish and Scottish Literature post 1900 Non-Honours ENGLIT3005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to key writers in (non-Gaelic language) Irish and Scottish literatures post-1900, with a comparative focus. Core lectures and seminars throughout the semester suggest connections and distinctions between an extensive and varied range of texts by outlining relevant historical contexts, critical debates and conceptual frameworks.


1 x 1hr lecture and 1 x 1hr seminar per week over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to students on programme 2011 who have achieved a grade D3 or above in any one of the following: SCOTLIT 2001, SCOTLIT 2002, ENGLIT2001 ENGLIT2002, COMPLIT2001, COMPLIT2002, COMPLIT2010, and by arrangement to Erasmus students.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT3004 Irish and Scottish Literature since 1900 Level 3

ENGLIT4073 and ENGLIT4094 Irish and Scottish Literature since 1900 (Honours)


Either a close reading exercise or essay (1500 words): 30%

Essay (2500 words): 50%

Seminar contribution: 10%

Seminar presentation of 7 minutes: 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


The Seminar Contribution and Presentation are not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study a selection of authors, issues and genres within Irish and Scottish Literature post-1900, towards developing a knowledge of Irish and Scottish literature in the period

■ analyse a selection of key critical terms and concepts as they pertain to Irish and Scottish writing of the period

■ relate literary texts to context, read across genres and forms within the literature of the period, and develop individually selected areas of inquiry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ communicate some knowledge of Irish and Scottish literature and writers of the period

■ compare selected Irish and Scottish writing of the period, drawing connections within and across these literatures

■ show some familiarity with national, historical and cultural contexts for these literatures

■ articulate and communicate their responses to the material studied on the course across a range of assessment

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.