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First Year English

 

Welcome to First Year English here at NUI Galway for 2018-19!

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 2018-19. 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 Handbook 2018-19

                        (ii)         1BA Course Outline 2018-19

                     (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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OVERALL LECTURE SCHEDULE

In First Year all1BA English students take two lecture modules (EN124 and EN125), (one per semester) and one tutorial module (ENSK 1100) (both semesters). Students on the BA (Joint Honours) and (most) denominated programmes also take one additional lecture module (EN1101) for both semesters.  

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

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN1101

Literature and the Social World

IT250 (IT Building)

EN124

Introduction to Literature 1

O’ Flaherty Theatre

 

EN124

Introduction to Literature 1

O’ Flaherty Theatre

+ 1 Tutorial (ENSK1100) Exploring English (1 hour every week). All English students take a one-hour small-group tutorial for both semesters. You sign up for a tutorial early in Semester One and retain this time, tutor, and group for the whole year.

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

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN1101

Literature and the Social World

AC002 Anderson Lecture Theatre

 EN125

Introduction to Literature 2

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN125

Introduction to Literature 2

O’Flaherty Theatre

An interactive map of the NUIG campus can be found here: http://www.nuigalway.ie/campus-map/

FORMAT OF 1BA ENGLISH – EN124; EN125; ENSK1100; EN1101.

EN124 – Introduction to English I – 5 ECTS (Semester One)

& EN125 –Introduction to English II – 5 ECTS (Semester Two):

ENSK1100 - Exploring English - 5 ECTS (Semester One and Two)

EN1100 - Literture and the Social World (Semester One and Two  (taken only by BA (Joint Honours & most denominated programmes)

The core lecture programme in First Year English is designed to introduce you to ways of reading and approaching the study of literature; to central forms in literature (poetry, fiction, drama); and to the evolution of English literature in response to different historical periods and cultural contexts. See the 1BA English Handbook and Blackboard for more detailed information about each module.

In Semester 1 you will take the lecture module EN124 – Introduction to English I. This module is taught through three lectures per week, on Tuesdays at 1pm, on Thursdays at 5pm and on Fridays at 1pm. You attend all three of these lectures. 

In Semester 2 you take the lecture module EN125 – Introduction to English II. This module is taught through three lectures per week, on Tuesdays at 1pm, on Thursdays at 5pm and on Fridays at 1pm. You attend all three of these lectures. 

In Semester 1 AND Semester 2 you take the module ENSK1100 – Exploring English                                      

ENSK1100 is a skills-based, small-group module which helps students cultivate their abilities and techniques in writing and research. The tutorial is a small group of students and a tutor. It provides a space for discussion about literature and how we respond to it. In tutorials we practice our reading and understanding of literature and help you develop your facilities as a writer and thinker. At the beginning of the year you sign up through Blackboard to join a single tutorial group at a specific time. This tutorial group meets once a week through the academic year, and you stay in the same group and time slot for the whole year.

The Module Convenor for ENSK1100 is Dr Dermot Burns.

ENSK1100 Exploring English is examined by means of four essays and your participation in tutorials. You submit two essays per semester, and assessment also takes account of tutorial participation/class activities over the year. So do get involved!

Required Reading: Tory Young, Studying English Literature.

Remember to look at Blackboard for detailed information about each module.

In Semester 1 AND Semester 2 you take EN1101 – Literature and the Social World      

Note *This module is taken ONLY by students on BA (Joint Honours) and (most) denominated programmes.  It is NOT taken by students on BA Connect programmes.*

EN1101 Literature and the Social World examines how students’ developing literary skills can transfer into other media and into their broader cultural surroundings. Drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the BA Connect and other programmes in English, Drama Theatre & Performance, Film Studies, and Irish Studies, this interdisciplinary module thus lays the groundwork for students’ independent application of ideas and analysis in the later years of their studies. Weekly lectures explore literature in terms of cognate areas such as print and digital media, cultural commodities and heritage industries, social media, performance, adaptation, authorship, and musical and visual cultures. In addition, two field work portfolio assignments require students to attend a cultural event in the region, and then to use this event as a basis for creative and critical reflection.

EN1101 Literature and the Social World Core Materials: William Shakespeare, The Tempest (1610-11); Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1848); Patrick Lonergan, Theatre and Social Media; Lin-Manuel Miranda. Hamilton: An American Musical (2015); Baxter Theatre Centre, The Fall (2018); Simon Frith, Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music (1996); Riverdance, by Bill Whelan (1994). Selections from Beyoncé et. al. Lemonade (2016); Jay-Z, 4:44 (2017); The Carters, Everything is Love (2018).

These will be supplemented with additional material during the module, including film and music adaptations of the Shakespeare and Brontë texts.

EN1101 Literature and the Social World is assessed by 2 portfolio assignments, towards which students will be working over each semester.

The Module Convenors for EN1101 are Dr Dermot Burns and Dr Muireann O’Cinneide.

ASSESSMENT OF FIRST YEAR ENGLISH

Lecture Modules:

EN124 is examined by means of a two-hour written examination at the end of Semester
EN125 is examined by means of a two-hour written examination at the end of Semester Two.
EN1101 is examined by means of two portfolio assignments, incorporating a set of shorter reflective pieces worked on over each semester. 

Semester One Portfolio: 12 noon Friday 30th November 2018

Semester Two Portfolio: 12 noon Friday 29th March 2019

Tutorial Module:

ENSK1100 is assessed by four essays, each 800-1000 words long and worth 20% of the module result, plus 20% for participation/class activities over the year.

SEMESTER 1 ESSAY DEADLINES ARE:

ESSAY ONE:  Friday 26th October at noon

ESSAY TWO: Friday, 23rd November at noon

SEMESTER 2 ESSAY DEADLINES (N.B.: Provisional & TBC) ARE:

ESSAY ONE: Friday 15th February at noon

ESSAY TWO: Friday 22nd March at noon

All essays and portfolio assignments are submitted online via Blackboard’s Turnitin ONLY. The Discipline of English cannot accept hard copies of essays. It is students’ responsibility to ensure that their assignments have been properly submitted (e.g. Turnitin submission receipt).

Blackboard
Blackboard is an electronic facility, available via https://nuigalway.blackboard.com/. It is advisable to confirm your access to Blackboard modules once you have registered.

The Discipline of English wishes you all the best for your studies.

The Structure of Second Year English

 Welcome to 2nd Year English for 2018-19.  

 All information for 2nd Year English is available in the 2BA Handbook 2018-19

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

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Click below for the 2BA outline for 2018-19. 

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*. 

2BA Semester 2 Course Outline updated below:

2BA SEMESTER 2 Course Outline 2018-19

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REGISTRATION

Change of mind online Module selection Registration for Semester 2, 2018-19 opens on 8th January 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
 2BA Seminar Registration Information 2018-19

2BA Handbook 2018-19  (Semester 1 version) 

 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.

All lectures courses in English for Semester 2, 2018-19 will begin on Monday 14th January 2019.   Seminar modules will begin on Monday 21st January 2019

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COURSE STRUCTURE 

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

(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 of the following  PLUS one seminar module

  • EN2142 Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms OR EN2128 Novelty, Conflict, Scandal: Reading Early Modernity  
  • EN3138 Literature in the Digital Age OR EN3141 North American Literature 

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

  • EN385 Drama and Theatre Studies OR EN264 Studies in Medieval Literature 
  • EN2150 Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction OR EN2133 Media, Culture, Society 

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 2018/19 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.  

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The Structure of Third Year English

 Welcome to 3BA English 2018-19!  

 All information for 3BA English is available in the handbook - 3BA Handbook 2018-19

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

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Please click below for the 3BA/4BA course outline 2018-19. 

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*

3BA/4BA Course Outline - Semester 2 updated version below:

3BA/4BA SEMESTER 2 Course Outline 2018-19

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REGISTRATION

Change of mind online Module  selection Registration for Semester 2, 2018-19 opens on 8th January 2019 and closes on 1st Febrary 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
 3BA Seminar Registration Information 2018-19   

 3BA/4BA Course Outline 2018-19   (Semester 1 version only) 

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 2 will begin on Monday 14th January 2019.  

Seminar modules will begin on Monday, 21st January 2019

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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  PLUS one seminar module

  • ENG228 Old English Poetry OR EN3123 Stage & Page: The Early Modern Imagination
  • ENG238 Nineteenth Century British Literature OR ENG304 Contemporary Literature 

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

  • ENG203 Genre Studies OR EN2111 Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction 
  • ENG302 Modernism/Postmodernism OR EN388 Studies in Modern Irish Literature

NOTE: EN399 EXTENDED ESSAY may be chosen in Semester Two instead of a lecture course. Selection will be based on the submission of a Proposal, due in December 2018. 
EN399 Guidelines and Form

Head Of Third Year English

The Head of Third Year English for 2018/19 is  Dr. Frances McCormack (Room 307, Tower 1).  Her office hours are Tuesdays 11-12 and Thursdays 12-1 for semester 1.  

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 2018-19 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.

    Should you have any particular concerns about the academic content of your English modules, you are also welcome to contact Dr Richard Pearson at richard.pearson@nuigalway.ie

    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