EL6005 - Travel Writing

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will explore some key topics in contemporary travel writing (such as the environment; the end of European colonialism; war and the Cold War; and tourism). In your explorations you will investigate the way in which travel writing reflects and contributes to contemporary conversations about politics, culture, the environment, and features of our contemporary world such as globalization, mass media, and global warming. You will look at a variety of forms including essays, books, radio broadcasts, and journalism, and will consider how these different forms are utilized by travel writers.

How will I learn on this module?

1 x weekly 1.5 hour lecture
1 x weekly 1.5 hour seminar and workshop

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Each week, a lecture will establish the critical and contextual framework for the material under discussion, a framework which will be both reinforced and problematized in the subsequent seminar/workshop. The seminar will provide you with the opportunity to explore the set examples discursively through small-group exercises, presentations, debate and writing exercises.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning generally will take the form of preparation for seminars where you will be expected to contribute to discussion. Informal presentations will be used as well as group work to facilitate student engagement.

Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of seminar notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures, seminars and preparatory tasks for this module develop your academic skills as you engage with primary, secondary and contextual materials to allow you to attain the module learning outcomes, and, more importantly perhaps, to fully appreciate the range of issues that different forms of travel writing raise. The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture PowerPoint slides are made available on the e-learning portal, together with questions for seminar discussion and links to relevant online resources. The module tutor will be available in lectures and seminars, as well as in office hours and on email to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Feedback sessions following the first assignment will ensure feedback supports you by feeding forward. Essay tutorials and a revision session likewise help you to prepare for the second assignment.
You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. The Guidance Booklet, which you receive at the start of your first year, includes structured materials designed to help you develop your self-reflection skills. These materials underpin the academic side of the regular Guidance meetings, helping you to learn how to best use the feedback you receive on your assignments, how to build on your strengths, and improve in the areas where you could perform better.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• an understanding of the various potentials of different media in travel writing

• a knowledge of the major themes in contemporary travel writing and key debates about them

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• augmented intellectual skills in employing theoretical and critical material in relation to travel writing

• developed abilities in close and interdisciplinary textual analysis

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• enhanced skills conforming to relevant standards of good academic conduct in the expression of an informed argument in written forms through completing the various activities prescribed

How will I be assessed?


Essay plan (500) words
For this task you will develop a short essay plan for Summative Assessment 2, on which you will receive oral and written feedback in a one-to-one tutorial. MLOs 2, 3,5

Summative Assessments
1. 1000 word travel blog (30%)
You will post on a travel writer or travel writing theme (from a list provided), using full citation, relevant weblinks and images. The blog format allows you to experience developing modes of intellectual communication and to foster a community of knowledge. Feedback to this assignment will be through online peer and tutor response, enabling you to recognize your writing as part of an ongoing conversation. These blogs will serve as useful resources of information for the final assignment for the whole cohort. MLOs 1,2,3

2. 3000 word essay (70%)
This essay brings together the thematic and technical scholarship that the prior assignments developed. It is intended to give you the opportunity to explore a particular theme or question across two or more texts. In doing so you are expected to distinguish in the texts differences and similarities of context, content, voice and style. You will draw upon knowledge gained through lectures and seminars as well as independent research. MLOs 2,3,4,5
Feedback will be provided using the Departmental template and comments on the script.





Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code T710

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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