EL6023 - Entertaining Satan

What will I learn on this module?

This module offers you an opportunity to look in depth at a range of literature and literary forms concerned with demonology, witchcraft and the representation of the devil and devil worship in poetry, prose and drama from c.1590-1678. It does so through the examination of key texts and themes in their historical context across a century of unprecedented political, social and cultural upheaval. Themes include religious fanaticism and fundamentalism, science, gender, social status and the beginnings of the English Enlightenment in its European context. All of these texts investigate and interrogate debates about the role of science and magic, moral authority and the nature of good and evil that apply to the tumultuous time in which they were written and that remain highly relevant today.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching is delivered formally in the following manner: 1x1hr lecture and 1x2hr seminar and informally through tutorials when required. Lectures enable the dissemination of ideas, themes, and concepts placed within a historical and intellectual context. Seminars are task driven and include learning activities such as group work and debate and discussion.

Work is assessed by means of 1x1500 word essay and 1x2500 word essay and feedback takes place formally through written comments on the script and the cover sheet and at the student’s request in individual tutorials

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures and seminars are supported by power point presentation and handouts in lectures; by a dedicated Bb site; by a detailed module guide that clearly sets out in detail the structure of formal teaching; detailed bibliographies that draw upon the latest scholarship in the field of early modern studies; by discussion with the module tutor in a classroom, and tutorial context, and in the development of speaking, listening, and critical skills gained through participation in classroom activities.

Support is also available from guidance tutors and programme leaders where necessary.

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:
1. An enhanced understanding of issues raised by early modern texts and contexts relative to the occult in the early modern period.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Advanced intellectual skills in employing theoretical and critical material in relation to literature of the occult
3. Advanced and developed abilities in close and interdisciplinary textual analysis of said literature and its context.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Advanced familiarity with debates around class, race, gender, religion, nationality and sexuality and early modern literature’s intervention in those debates;
5. 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?

The summative assignments are: one 1500-word essay (40% of the total mark) and one 2500 word essay (60% of the total mark), taken from a list of 12 assignment questions in the module guide. Questions must address 2 texts from the module per assignment. Texts and secondary materials may not be repeated in successive assignments. One to one tutorials with the module tutor will be available for students to talk through any issues or problems they might have in relation to the work set.

The effective mixture of weighted assignments is offered so students may avoid the pitfalls of a high-stakes all or nothing assessment strategy and to ease the pressures that lie therein.

These assessment tasks address MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Formal feedback will be supported and reinforced by one-to-one meetings during the semester. The rationale for this is to enable students to road-test ideas before committing themselves to an argument.

In addition to formative oral feedback throughout the semester delivered in seminar discussions, students will receive written and oral feedback on essay plans and on their summative work.
Feedback will be provided using the Departmental template and comments on the script.





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Course info

UCAS Code Q320

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 2022

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