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Welcome to First Year English

 

Welcome to First Year English here at NUI Galway for 2017-18!

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 2017-18. 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 2017-18

                     (ii)          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/)

                   (iii)          Discipline of English Website (this section)

 http://www.nuigalway.ie/english/

                    (iv)          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

All 1BA English students take two lecture modules (EN124 and EN125), one each semester, and one tutorial module (EN126) that is taught over both semesters. Students on the BA (Joint Honours) and denominated programmes also take one additional lecture module (EN1100) over both semesters.


Overall Lecture Schedule Semester One              

Tuesdays 1-2

Thursdays 3-4 (BA Joint Hons & Denominated)

Thursdays 5-6

Fridays 1-2

 

EN124

O’ Flaherty Theatre

 

EN1100

IT250 (IT Building)

EN124

O’ Flaherty Theatre

 

EN124

O’ Flaherty Theatre

 

This weekly schedule also includes a one-hour tutorial slot (EN126) each semester. You sign up for a tutorial slot early in Semester One and retain this time/tutor/group for the rest of the year.

Overall Lecture Schedule Semester Two

Tuesdays 1-2

Thursdays 3-4 (BA Joint Hons & Denominated)

Thursdays 5-6

Fridays 1-2

 

EN125

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN1100

AC002 Anderson Lecture Theatre

 EN125

O’ Flaherty Theatre

EN125

O’Flaherty Theatre

This weekly schedule also includes a one-hour tutorial slot each semester. You sign up for a tutorial slot early in Semester One and retain this time/tutor/group for the rest of the year.

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

FORMAT OF 1BA ENGLISH – EN124; EN125; EN126; EN1100.

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

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

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. 

EN126 – Introduction to English III – 5 ECTS (Semesters One AND Two):
At the beginning of the year you join a tutorial (the code for this module is EN126). This is a small group of students and tutor, and it meets once a week through the academic year. You stay in the same group and time slot for the whole year. Tutorial teaching begins in the week starting 18th September (with students signing up to a particular slot beforehand).
EN126 is examined by means of four essays, two per semester, as well as through assessment of tutorial participation/class activities over the year.
Required Text: Tory Young, Studying English Literature.
The Module Convenor for EN126 is Dr Dermot Burns.

EN1100 – Approaches to the Study of Literature – 5 ECTS:
This module is taken only by students on the BA (Joint Honours) and (most) denominated programmes; it is not taken by students on the BA Connect programmes. EN1100 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, Film Studies, Drama 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. Two field work assignments will require students to attend a cultural event in the region, and then to use this event as a basis for creative and critical reflection.

EN1100 will be assessed by 2 portfolio assignments, towards which students will be working over each semester.
The Module Convenors for EN1100 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.
EN1100 is examined by means of two portfolio assignments, incorporating a set of shorter reflective pieces worked on over each semester. These are due noon Fri 24th November (Semester One) and noon Friday 13th April (TBC) 

Tutorial Module:

EN126 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 20th October at noon

ESSAY TWO: Friday 17th November at noon

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

ESSAY ONE: Friday 16th February at noon

ESSAY TWO: Friday 16th 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 2017-18.  

P‌lease click on the link below for the 2BA Handbook.  This  is your guide to 2nd Year English.  

2BA Student Handbook 2017-18

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

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REGISTRATION

Module selection Registration for Semester 1, 2017-18 opens on 23rd August 2017.  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:   

Returning Students Registration 2017-18
Online Registration Help Guide
 Seminar Information for 2BA students 2017-18
 2BA Full Course Outline 2017-18

 

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 EN278.I and EN278.II, or EN2102 and EN2115.

All lectures courses in English for Semester 1, 2017-18 will begin on Monday 4th September.   Seminar modules will begin on Monday 11th September. 

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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 

Head Of Second Year English

The Head of Second Year English for 2017/18 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.  


  2BA Full Course Outline 2017-18

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The Structure of Third Year English

Welcome to 3BA English 2017-18!  

Please click on the link below for the 3BA Handbook.  This is your guide to 3rd Year English for the coming year. 

 3BA Student Handbook 2017-18

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

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REGISTRATION

Online Module  selection Registration for Semester 1, 2017-18 opens on 23rd August 2017.  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:    

 Returning Students Registration 2017-18
Online Registration Help Guide
Seminar Information for 3BA students 2017-18
 ‌3BA/4BA Full Course Outline 2017-18      **Please note some seminar times and venues may change**  
 

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 EN439.I and EN439.II, or EN3103 and EN3104.

All lectures modules for Semester 1 will begin on Monday 4th September 2017.  
Seminar modules will begin on Monday, 11th September 2017

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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 
  • ENG238 Nineteenth Century British Literature
  • ENG304 Contemporary Literature 

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

  • ENG203 Genre Studies
  • ENG302 Modernism/Postmodernism 
  • 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 2016. 
EN399 Guidelines and Form

Head Of Third Year English

The Head of Third Year English for 2017/18 is  Dr. Frances McCormack (Room 307, Tower 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 2017-18 will be posted up at the end of September. 

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  ‌   3BA/4BA Full Course Outline 2017-18          **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.