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First Year English

 

Welcome to First Year English here at NUI Galway for 2019-20!

The Discipline of English is delighted to welcome you to your first year of university studies in English literature. We look forward to discussing thoughts on texts with you and to hearing your insights from your own reading experiences, past, present and anticipated. Below is some general information about the 1BA English course.

Please click the link for the First Year Handbook 2019-20. This is your bible to 1BA English at NUI Galway.

When you need information about First Year English, you should check in one of the following places:

                      (i)          The 1BA Handbook 1BA Full Handbook 2019-20

                      (ii)         ‌1BA course outline 1BA Course Outline 2019-20

                     (iii)          Blackboard (the online site where you will find information about all your First Year English courses, including booklists, essay topics, lecture schedules,                                        etc. https://nuigalway.blackboard.com/)

                   (iv)          Discipline of English Website (this section)

                      http://www.nuigalway.ie/english/

                    (v)          Discipline of English Office

                  Secretary: Irene O’Malley, Room: 511, Floor 3, Tower 1

                  Tel.: +353 (0)91 492567; E-mail: english@nuigalway.ie

If you have a question or problem that cannot be answered by these sources, then you should consult with the Head of First Year English, Dr Adrian Paterson, during his office hours (see Room 502, Tower 1, Arts & Science Concourse). Lecturers on your individual modules will also be happy to meet with you during their designated office hours, usually posted on office doors and on Blackboard. If you are unable to attend office hours or it is outside semester, please e-mail for an appointment.

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FIRST YEAR ENGLISH at NUI GALWAY

2019-20

Welcome to English! All of us in the Discipline of English here at NUI Galway look forward enormously to meeting and working with you in the upcoming academic year.

Reading defines who we are as human beings. It shapes how we understand and appreciate the world from manuals to manuscripts and from libraries to love songs. But we don’t always think about how we read. By making us pay attention to this – to precisely what, how, and why we read – studying literature opens up new ways of understanding ourselves and others. And it can be fun, too.

The programme in First Year English at NUI Galway is designed to introduce you to different ways of reading. Central to this is doing your own reading, and thinking about it. By learning to read carefully, thoughtfully, and productively, you will get involved in exploring, thinking and writing about literature for yourself.

To think about reading we consider some central forms in which literature is composed (poetry, fiction, drama). We talk about how different people, including writers, philosophers and literary critics, have been reading literature (and other texts) and how that might affect our responses now. We look at the evolution of English literature in response to different historical periods, media, and cultural contexts, and how to ‘read’ these. Most of all the course asks you to practice different ways of reading for yourself, closely, slowly, deeply, and widely. To help you take control of your own learning we then consider different ways of speaking and writing about literature using all the rigour, passion, creativity and expression at your command.

English uses the web interface Blackboard as its learning hub. You should look there for all details and updates relating to First Year English (known as 1BA). This is where you find out course details, sign up for tutorials, download learning materials, and submit essays. For more, look at the NUI Galway English website for general information about the department and those who teach in it. There is also a NUI Galway English Facebook page where you can explore wider interests, announcements, and comments.

Your lecturers supply detailed reading and lecture timetables for each module at the start of semester. Meanwhile, see below for an overview of the modules you will be taking.

If you are in a position to do some preparation beforehand, or at any time you have a spare moment, reading the texts suggested by your lecturers helps your understanding and allows you during semesters to focus on your critical thinking and writing. Studying at university can be a little different from studying at school. You have more freedom, but at the same time more is demanded from you. Most of your time is spent in reading and preparation for class. So get reading, and get ahead!

If after you’ve exhausted other sources of information you have any questions about studying English at NUI Galway, do please contact the Head of First Year English, Dr Adrian Paterson adrian.paterson@nuigalway.ie.

OVERVIEW OF 1BA ENGLISH

All 1BA English students in first year English take the following:

1. ENSK1100: Exploring English(BOTH semesters, 1 hour per week tutorial, 5 ECTS). All English students must sign up on Blackboard for this small class tutorial in Semester One and maintain attendance at this time, tutor, and group for the whole year.

2. EN124 – Introduction to English 1: Reading Poetry & Reading Literature (Semester ONE, 3 hours per week lectures, 5 ECTS (European credit system).  You must attend all of these lectures and spend time reading course texts.

3. EN125: Introduction to English 2: Reading Drama & Reading Fiction (Semester TWO, 3 hours per week lectures, 5 ECTS).   You must attend all of these lectures and spend time reading course texts.

NB:   BA (Joint Honours) students and students on (most) denominated programmes also take ONE additional lecture module:

EN1101 Literature and the Social World (BOTH semesters, 1 hour per week lecture, 5 ECTS).  You must attend all of these lectures and spend time reading course texts.

1BA English Lecture Schedule Semester ONE


 

Tuesdays 1-2

Thursdays 3-4 (BA Joint Hons & Denominated)

Thursdays 5-6

Fridays 1-2

 

EN124

Introduction to Literature 1:

Reading Poetry  & Reading Literature

 

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN1101

Literature and the Social World

 

 

 

IT250 Theatre                  (IT Building)

EN124

Introduction to Literature 1

Reading Poetry & Reading Literature

 

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN124

Introduction to Literature 1

Reading Poetry & Reading Literature

O’ Flaherty Theatre

 

1BA English Lecture Schedule Semester TWO

 

Tuesdays 1-2

Thursdays 3-4 (BA Joint Hons & Denominated)

Thursdays 5-6

Fridays 1-2

 

EN125

Introduction to Literature 2

Reading Drama & Reading Fiction

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN1101

Literature and the Social World

 

 

AC002 Anderson Lecture Theatre

 EN125

Introduction to Literature 2

Reading Drama & Reading Fiction

 

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN125

Introduction to Literature 2

Reading Drama & Reading Fiction

 

O’Flaherty Theatre

 

+ Tutorial ENSK1100: Exploring English. Sign up for a time on Blackboard!

 

The Structure of Second Year English

 Welcome to 2nd Year English for 2019-20.  

The lecture Reading List for 2019-20 is available here: 2BA Lecture Reading List 2019-20

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 All information for 2nd Year English is available in the 2BA Handbook 2019-20

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Information on registration and a full outline of modules is available below.  

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Click here for the:   2BA Course Outline 2019-20_Updated

Please ONLY register for modules that are in the COURSE OUTLINE. (NOTE: some modules may appear online that are not in the course outline).  *Please note that some venues for seminars may change*

 

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REGISTRATION

Online Module selection Registration for Semester 1, 2019-20 opens on 19th August 2019.  Further information is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/
The Registration process is administered by the Registration Office, not by the Discipline of English.  Should you have any difficulties, please contact reghelp@nuigalway.ie in the first instance. 
Please print off the following documentation BEFORE registering online for your English modules:   

Online Registration Help Guide
 

 Seminar Information for 2BA Students 2019-20

 It is VERY IMPORTANT to click on CONFIRM SELECTION and FINISH at the very end of the registration process in order to lock in all the modules for which you wish to register.

You may register your modules for both semesters from late August.  Note that you must take DIFFERENT seminars in each semester.  You cannot, for example, take EN298.I and EN298.II, or EN2102 and EN2114.

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All Lectures modules in English for Semester 1, 2019-20 will begin on Monday, 9th September 2019. All seminar modules will begin on Monday, 16th September 2019. 

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COURSE STRUCTURE for 2019-20

  • In Semester One, students take TWO lecture courses and ONE seminar course.
  • In Semester Two, students take TWO lecture courses and ONE seminar course.

(NB: BA Connect Students have the choice to drop one English module over the course of the year)

Semester One Courses
Students are required to take TWO out of the following three lecture modules PLUS one seminar module

  • EN2142 Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms;  EN3138 Literature in the Digital Age AND EN3141 North American Literature 

Semester Two Courses
Students are required to take TWO out of the following three lecture modules PLUS one seminar module

  • EN264 Studies in Medieval Literature;  EN2111 Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction; AND EN2133 Media, Culture, Society 

[For reference only-this will be updated in August. Please click the link for the 2BA Handbook 2018-19. This is your bible to 2BA English at NUI Galway]

Head Of Second Year English

The Head of Second Year English for 2019/20 is Dr. Justin Tonra (Room 303, 1st Floor, Tower 1).
If you have any concerns that would you like raised on behalf of your class, you can contact one of the 2nd Year English class representatives.  The Class Representatives list will be posted here at the end of September.  

Class Reps 2019-2020

Niamh Kelly: n.kelly43@nuigalway.ie
Alice O’Donnell: a.odonnell43@nuigalway.ie
Marcel Gutowski: m.gutowski1@nuigalway.ie

 Aisling Kennelly (2BEM1)  a.kennelly1@nuigalway.ie
Eoin Gallagher (2BEM1)  e.gallagher43@nuigalway.ie

 

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The Structure of Third Year English

 Welcome to 3BA English 2019-20!

 

The lecture Reading list for 3BA 2019-20 is available here 3BA/4BA Lecture Reading List 2019-20

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 All information for 3BA English is available in the 3BA Handbook 2019-20 

Information on registraton and a full outline of modules is available below.

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Please click here for the:  3BA/4BA Course Outline 2019-20_Updated

Please ONLY register for modules that are in the COURSE OUTLINE. (NOTE: some modules may appear online that are not in the course outline) *Please note that some venues for seminars may change*

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REGISTRATION

Online Module  selection Registration for Semester 1, 2019-20 opens on 19th August 2019 and closes on 23rd September 2019.  Further information is available at http://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/
The Registration process is administered by the Registration Office, not by the Discipline of English.  Should you have any difficulties, please contact reghelp@nuigalway.ie in the first instance. 

Further information will be posted shortly :    

Online Registration Help Guide
 
Seminar Information for 3BA/4BA Students 2019-20
 

It is VERY IMPORTANT to click on CONFIRM SELECTION and FINISH at the very end of the registration process in order to lock in all the modules for which you wish to register.
Note that you must take different seminars in each semester.  You cannot, for example, take EN464.I and EN464.II, or EN3127 and EN3128.

All lectures modules for Semester 1, 2019/20 will begin on Monday 9th Sepember 2019.  

All Seminar modules will begin on Monday, 16th September 2019

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Course Structure for 3BA/4BA 2019-20:

In both semesters students will select  TWO out of three lecture courses and ONE seminar course.

Semester One Courses
Students take TWO of the following three lectures PLUS one seminar module

  • ENG228 Old English Poetry ; ENG238 Nineteenth Century British Literature AND ENG304 Contemporary Literature 

Semester Two Courses
Students take TWO of the following three lectures PLUS one seminar module

  • EN3123 Stage & Page: The Early Modern Imagination;  ENG302 Modernism/Postmodernism AND EN388 Studies in Modern Irish Literature

NOTE: EN399 Extended Essay may be chosen in Semester Two instead of a lecture module. Selection will be based on the submission of a Proposal, due in Decemeber 2019.

Head Of Third Year English

The Head of Third Year English for 2019/20 is  Dr. Elizabeth Tilley (Room 508, Tower 1).  Her office hours for semester 1 are tbc.  

If you have any concerns that you would like to raise on behalf of your class, you can contact one of the 3rd Year English class representatives.  The Class Representatives for 2019-20 will be posted up at the end of September.
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  ‌   ‌          **Please note some seminar times and venues may change**                                                                                 

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BA International


For 2BA English students interested in Study Abroad, here is some preliminary information:

  • BA Students taking a Modern Foreign Language with English will organise their year abroad through their language department. They will then send a Learning Agreement Form to Dearbhla Mooney, the English administrator, to agree their course choices in English (min. 20 credits).
  • All other Study Abroad is organised by the International Office at NUIG, with Learning Agreement Forms signed off by both the English department and your second subject. BA Students not taking a Modern Foreign Language can either apply to study at a non-European partner university or through the ERASMUS scheme at a European partner university. Your third year will then become a Study Abroad year, and you will complete a BA (International) degree at the end of your Fourth Year. All places for both kinds of Study Abroad are limited and competitive, and will be based on academic performance (including this semester’s Year 2 results) and application form.
  • NUIG's non-European partners include: Boston College, Richmond University, University of Ottawa or Shantou University, China. These are not covered by ERASMUS grant funding.
  • ERASMUS places for BA Arts students are limited to those universities that can offer teaching in English for both of their Arts subjects. Examples of popular partner universities for NUIG English ERASMUS students are the universities of Leuven (Belgium), Gottingen (Germany), Malta (Malta), Leiden, Utrecht, and Groningen (Netherlands), and Uppsala (Sweden).
  • Full information about these programmes is available on the International Office website (see https://www.nuigalway.ie/erasmus-programme/outgoingstudents/). Any questions you may have regarding the application process can be directed to the International Office's ERASMUS and non-European co-ordinators.
  • An information evening about Study Abroad options is usually run by the International Office in January/February of each year. Applications must be made initially to the International Office, and selected candidates will then apply to the ERASMUS scheme in Europe.  Outgoing students should also consult https://www.nuigalway.ie/erasmus-programme/outgoingstudents/latestnews/#tab2
For 3BA4 students currently studying abroad on the BA International programme:

  • Please note that ALL students must return learning agreements to BOTH of their home departments.  For English, please send your learning agreement to dearbhla.mooney@nuigalway.ie
    You may not take a module which has not been approved on your learning agreement, and you must notify your NUI Galway co-ordinator in each subject of any subsequent changes. Ideally, you should also provide by email a link to/details of course descriptions for each module you are taking.
    Students taking English must take 20 ECTS in English.  Where possible you should not repeat material you have already studied in second year or are likely to study in your final year (information on final year English courses is available on our website).

    You should take modules in English Literature  - Language modules are not acceptable.  Linguistics and/or Communications/Media Modules may be accepted in some circumstances.

    All students should also return a copy of their results to the English Department at the end of the BA International year.

BA in English & Media Studies

 The primary focus of this programme is the theoretical study of media in critical and historical perspective. A core aim of this programme is to equip students with transferable communications and critical thinking skills that will equip them for future success in the labour market.
Students will have opportunities to explore both Media Studies and traditional English literature offerings. Based on current Teaching Council requirements, students in this denominated BA programme would meet the requirements to teach English at post-primary level.
Students will also develop research skills that afford them an appropriate grounding for further educational opportunities nationally or internationally. Several MA programmes provide pathways for graduates of this Denominated BA to proceed into further education at postgraduate levels at NUI Galway.

Please see http://www.nuigalway.ie/artsenglishmedia/ for more information, or contact Prof Sean Ryder at sean.ryder@nuigalway.ie

BA in Digital Arts and Technology

How is your life shaped by digital technologies? How can new technologies be used creatively? How can they be used to help us better understand the world, and create and share our knowledge? These are questions the new BA Digital Arts and Technology programme will be asking, and helping you to answer. The programme allows you to pursue an interest in arts and humanities (you will complete a full programme in an Arts subject), combined with a training in relevant aspects of information technology and data science.

You will study the impact of digital technologies from historical, literary, ethical and cultural points of view, and you also gain up-to-date skills in the creative and professional use of digital technologies, such as coding, database construction, web design, and digital content creation. Placements will be arranged in Year 3 of the programme, which will involve either work placements in appropriate companies/cultural institutions, or international study abroad, or a combination of both. The aim of the year is to add to your practical skills, expand your personal networks and enhance your employability. 

Please see  http://www.nuigalway.ie/digitalartstechnology/#course_overview for more information, or contact Prof Sean Ryder at sean.ryder@nuigalway.ie