Clár 2015 – 2016 Module Offering for International Students Faculty of Arts Programme 2015 – 2016



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Clár 2015 – 2016

Module Offering for International Students

Faculty of Arts

Programme 2015 – 2016

Please note that all Faculty of Arts modules are worth 6 ECTS credits - equivalent to 3 US creditsContents
LIBERAL ARTS

English Language & Literature 3

French Studies 6

Gaeilge ab Initio [Irish language for Beginners] 12

Geography 13

German Studies 17

History 23

Léann Dúchais [Irish Heritage Studies] 28

Mathematics 29

Media & Communication Studies 33

Music 35

Philosophy 41

Psychology 43

Theology & Religious Studies 45

ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE


 Module Code

Module Title

Brief Description

PRE-REQUISiTES [IF ANY] / COMMENTS

Autumn Semester – Year 1 [B.A.]

EH4711

Introduction to Literature 1

Introduction to the skills needed for responding to poetry, drama and prose fiction with pleasure and insight.




Autumn Semester – Year 2 [B.A.]

EH4713

The Development of Modern Drama

Emergence of modern drama; innovatory trends and developments in 20th century theatre; Theatre of Realism; Theatre of the Absurd; modern tragicomedy; Irish dramatists.




EH4734

The Novel in the 20th Century

A study of the development of different aspects of the modernist and postmodernist novel form in the 20th century. Selections from Irish, European and American authors.




Autumn Semester – Year 4 [B.A.]

EH4717

Literary Modernism

An investigation into the nature of the major formal technical innovations in the twentieth century literature through an analysis of some notable primary texts: Modernism and the form of the novel; the gender of Modernism; Modernism and the poetic voice.




EH4727

Interpreting Literature

The practice of literary criticism and the principal features of literary theory from classical to modern times: the classical debate: renaissance neo-platonism and neo-classicism: the Enlightenment: European romanticisms: New Criticism: Structuralism: Marxism: Feminism: Post-Structuralism and after. Applications of theoretical models to different texts and generic structures.




ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE


Spring Semester – Year 1 [B.A.]

 EH4712


Introduction to Literature 2

Expansion and deepening of the knowledge of poetry, drama and fiction developed in EH4711.




Spring Semester – Year 2 [B.A.]

EH4714

Neo-Classical Literature

The Renaissance: European and English contexts: sixteenth century lyric: metaphysical poetry: shorter poems of John Milton: literature, culture and politics. Critical ideas and principal writers of Augustan literature: influence of historical events and philosophical / scientific developments on literature; neo-classical aesthetic theory: poetry selections from Pope, Swift, Mary Leopold, etc.




EH4724

Irish Poetry and Prose in 19th and 20th Centuries

The development of Irish poetry and prose, with special focus on the novel from before the Act of Union to the present day: cultural nationalism and romanticism: the retrieval of the Celtic past and the invention of Ireland: poetic and political mythologies and ideologies: the crises of identity: the language question.




Spring Semester – Year 4 [B.A.]

EH4718

Elizabethan-Jacobean Theatre: Shakespearean Drama and its Contexts

Drawing on selected texts, attention will be given to a range of the following: drama and society in the 16th and 17th centuries: Shakespeare as an Elizabethan-Jacobean playwright: Shakespeare and tragedy: dynamics of the comic form: presenting the female: patriarchal structures: political Shakespeare: power, ideology and theatrical representations: critical approaches, readings and interpretations of the plays and the formal properties of Shakespeare’s dramatic art.




EH4728

Romantic Literature in English

Selections from the literary and critical works of the principal writers of the Romantic movement, e.g., Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Keats, Shelley, etc.








ENGLISH LANGUAGE


 Module Code

Module Title

Brief Description

Courses in English language are offered in both the Autumn and Spring semesters. These modules are designed to meet the language needs of intermediate to advanced non-native speakers of English studying at university level. Students are assigned to the appropriate module based on their language proficiency. Language needs analysis is conducted to tailor course content to respond to students’ requirements. Each course is worth 6 ECTS.


PRE-REQUISiTES [IF ANY] / COMMENTS

Offered in Both Semesters

EF4721 [Autumn]
EF4722 [Spring]

English as a Foreign Language
English as a Foreign Language


The English as a Foreign Language [EFL] modules aim to provide students with the opportunities to develop their communication skills more accurately and fluently in both oral and written expressions of English.


Interested students are assessed at Orientation.

EA4721 [Autumn]
EA4722

[Spring]

English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes


The English for Academic Purposes [EAP] modules will assist students in improving their academic reading and writing skills in terms of structure, register and accuracy of expression in addition to developing their communication skills.


Interested students are assessed at Orientation.


FRENCH STUDIES


 Module Code

Module Title

Brief Description

PRE-REQUISiTES [IF ANY] / COMMENTS

Autumn Semester – Year 1 [B.A.]

FR4721

French Language & Civilisation

One weekly lecture will aim at providing first-year students with an overview of the main historical events and figures which have contributed to the shaping of France as a nation throughout the centuries. A second weekly lecture will focus on France’s current social and political organisation. The acquisition of formal grammatical skills will be the focus of a third weekly lecture which will be complemented by a weekly small-group tutorial dedicated to grammar and translation exercises.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FR4731

French for Beginners I

One weekly lecture will provide first-year ab initio students with an overview of the main historical events and figures which have contributed to the shaping of France as a nation throughout the centuries. A second weekly lecture will focus on France’s current social and political organisation. The acquisition of the basics of French grammar and vocabulary will be the focus of three weekly tutorials.


No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Students who took French as one of their Leaving Certificate subjects [or equivalent] and who obtained at least a C3 [or equivalent] in French are not permitted to take any of the modules entitled ‘French for Beginners’. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FRENCH STUDIES


Autumn Semester – Year 2 [B.A.]

FR4743

The French & Love

Cultural approaches to love differ significantly from one country to another. France is often described as the country of love and seduction par excellence. This second-year module offers to explore the origins and evolution of this stereotypical perception of the French lover through the study of a number of literary texts representative of different historical periods. The key role of art in general and literature in particular in the formation and/or transmission of social codes will be studied along with the complex mechanisms involved in the constitution of cultural stereotypes.

None.













FR4734

French Expression I

Translation from and into French and development of practical language skills. Discussion of a range of subjects relevant to social and cultural trends in contemporary France as exemplified in appropriate articles taken from French magazines and newspapers; general conversation.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

Autumn Semester – Year 4 [B.A.]

FR4767

Intellectuals & Decolonisation in France

Lectures will focus attention on the involvement of intellectuals in the French political sphere. We will discuss the importance of the figure of the public intellectual in France, and the manner in which prominent members of the intelligentsia became involved in crises of decolonization that transformed the country’s social and political landscape. Thus, students will be encouraged to interrogate the role played by the intellectual elite in the reconstruction - both figurative and literal - of the Republic in the years immediately following the Second World War, and, more specifically, throughout the process of decolonization. Seminars will focus on the analysis and translation of texts written by intellectuals during the period of decolonisation. This will consolidate students' linguistic and translation skills while also drawing attention to the concept of discourse analysis and power and manipulation of language.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FR4746

Reason & Sensibility

The 18th and 19th centuries in France were a period of rapid modernisation, aggravated social tensions, and literary and artistic innovation. This module sets out to explore the two defining pillars of the Enlightenment – reason and sensibility – as expressed through the literature of the age. The course will focus on a selection of works by leading thinkers and writers, each of whom brings a different vision of life to bear in his works, in an attempt to make sense of the human condition and of a turbulent social context within which the individual is goaded into thought, reaction and the assumption of moral responsibility.

None.

FRENCH STUDIES


Spring Semester – Year 1 [B.A.]

FR4732

French Language & Culture

This module is comprised of a cultural and a language component. The team-taught, cultural component is divided into two strands: Introduction to the History of Art and Literature and Children’s Literature. A weekly hour-long lecture will be dedicated to each strand, which, together, will introduce students to essential cultural reference points from the past, a selection of famous children’s literature as well as broad overview of the evolution of French art and literature from the Renaissance to the present. The language component will combine one lecture hour per week with written language and laboratory classes which will alternate weekly. The focus in the language lecture will be on French grammar and essay writing skills in French and English, while in tutorials students will hone their skills of comprehension, composition, and translation through group work on short texts drawn from a variety of media that relate to French culture.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FR4742

French for Beginners II

This module is comprised of a cultural and a language component. The team-taught, cultural component will introduce students to the history of French art and literature. The language component will combine two weekly written language tutorials and two weekly laboratory classes to strengthen and further develop the students’ knowledge of French grammar and idiom through intensive translation, comprehension and pronunciation exercises.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Students who took French as one of their Leaving Certificate subjects [or equivalent] and who obtained at least a C3 [or equivalent] in French are not permitted to take any of the modules entitled ‘French for Beginners’. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FRENCH STUDIES


Spring Semester – Year 2 [B.A.]

FR4753

Writing the Modern Self

This course studies the tortuous relationships between fact and fiction as famous French writers focus on their own lives. We will study how identities are constructed through gender, class and race, and will discuss identity formation [and its breakdown] through certain literary and philosophical theories [existentialism, modernism, Marxism, postmodernism]. After considering passages from Rousseau’s model autobiography, Les Confessions, we turn our attention to twentieth-century authors such as André Gide, Nathalie Sarraute, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, and Patrick Modiano.

None.

FR4783

Trials & Traumas of Wartime France

This module combines literary, political, social and cultural history approaches in order to explore the nature of the French experience of Occupation during the Second World War and to examine the ways in which such experience has been commemorated in the years since Liberation in 1944. The lectures will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the historical events leading up to and including the Occupation and thus explore the various trials and traumas of wartime France. This will be complimented in seminars though close reading, discussion and translation of excerpts from key journalistic and other non-fictional/fictional texts dating from the period in question. Selected literary and cinematic retrospective representations of these ‘dark years’ will also be studied with a view to introducing students to ongoing debates concerning the historiography of wartime France. Students will acquire background knowledge of the history of the Second World War in France. They will analyse a range of cinematic and literary responses to the Occupation in order to understand the different, often conflicting, ways in which the Occupation has been remembered in France. In addition to the two weekly lectures, students will attend three weekly tutorial hours dedicated to conversation, language lab and translation.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FRENCH STUDIES


Spring Semester – Year 4 [B.A.]

FR4726



French Expression II

An advanced course in French grammar and translation; investigation of language registers; analysis of literary style. Discussion of a range of subjects relevant to social, political and cultural trends in contemporary French society; reading of short unseen passages in French; general conversation based on extracts taken from a selection of French newspapers and magazines.

No pre-requisites. Limited places available depending on the number of students registered. Not suitable for international students coming from a French-speaking country.

FR4736

Crime & Justice

This module aims to introduce students to some of the main historical events and figures which contributed to the shaping of the modern concept of justice in France during and immediately after the enlightenment period. The module will focus primarily on French thinkers and writers, such as Montesquieu, Voltaire and Hugo, whose works played a key role in the evolution of attitudes to matters of crime and justice. The module will examine some striking examples of injustice and the reactions that they triggered and will deal notably with the issues of social and sexual discrimination, racism, religious and political extremism, torture and capital punishment.

None.

Gaeilge ab Initio

[Irish language for Beginners]


 Module Code

Module Title

Brief Description

PRE-REQUISiTES [IF ANY] / COMMENTS

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