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First Year English

  

Welcome to First Year English here at NUI Galway for 2021-22!

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.

 The first lecture for all Semester 1 modules will take place ONLINE, on Blackboard, at the time specified for that class.

Please click the link for the Updated Handbook for Semester 2: Updated 1BA Course Handbook_Semester 2 2021-22 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)        Updated 1BA Course Handbook_Semester 2 2021-22

                      (ii)        Updated 1BA Course Outline_Sem 2 2021-22

                     (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  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 Heads of First Year English, either Prof Marie-Louise Coolahan (marie-louise.coolahan@nuigalway.ie)  or Dr Emily Ridge (emily.ridge@nuigalway.ie).  They may hold virtual (online) office hours during Semester 1 also.  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.

Class Reps 2021-2022 to follow

 

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FIRST YEAR ENGLISH at NUI GALWAY

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 FirstYearEnglish at NUIGalway is designed to introduce you to different ways of reading. We consider the 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 affects our responses now. We look at English literature as it interacts with different historical periods, media, and cultural contexts, and how to ‘read’ these too.

Most of all the course asks you to practiceyourownreading, closely, slowly, deeply, and widely. By reading carefully, thoughtfully, and productively, you learn to better explore literature for yourself. And to help you take control of your own learning you develop different skills of speaking and writing about literature using all the rigour, passion, creativity and expression at your command.

Studying English 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. Mostofyourtimeisspentinreadingandpreparationforclass. Thankfully there is a huge variety of texts to get to grips with in first year English, from poetry of the heroic past and innovations of the present to novels dealing with the contemporary world, from the latest in critical thinking to forms of theatre that engage our minds, bodies, and our creative and political energies. So come and explore, get reading, and get ahead! 

The programme in FirstYearEnglish at NUIGalway is designed to introduce you to different ways of reading. We consider the 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 affects our responses now. We look at English literature as it interacts with different historical periods, media, and cultural contexts, and how to ‘read’ these too.

Most of all the course asks you to practice your own reading, closely, slowly, deeply, and widely. By reading carefully, thoughtfully, and productively, you learn to better explore literature for yourself. And to help you take control of your own learning you develop different skills of speaking and writing about literature using all the rigour, passion, creativity and expression at your command.

Studying English 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. Thankfully there is a huge variety of texts to get to grips with in first year English, from poetry of the heroic past and innovations of the present to novels dealing with the contemporary world, from the latest in critical thinking to forms of theatre that engage our minds, bodies, and our creative and political energies. So come and explore, get reading, and get ahead! 

OVERVIEW OF 1BA ENGLISH

All BA (Joint Honours) and Denominated students in first year English take the following:

1. EN1102: Exploring English (for BA Joint Honours or Denominated students only) (BOTH semesters, 1 hour per week tutorial, 10 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 Literature & Reading Poetry (Semester ONE, 3 hours per week lectures, 5 ECTS (European credit system).  You must attend all of these lectures (some will be online and some on campus) 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.

All BA Connect students in First Year English take the following: 

1. ENSK1100: Exploring English (for BA Connect students only) (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 Literature & Reading Poetry (Semester ONE, 3 hours per week lectures, 5 ECTS (European credit system).  You must attend all of these lectures (some will be online and some on campus) 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.

 

Repeat Examinations and Assignments

Results for undergraduate students will be released by the Examinations Office between June 10th and 15th.

Well done to all of you on completing the year under difficult circumstances.  Hopefully, your marks will reflect the work that you have put in to each module and, if so, congratulations!

If you have any questions about your lecture or seminar assignment, or about your grade for a particular module, then please contact your course leader. There will be a consultation day on June 23rd, and many members of teaching staff will be available online/in person for you to discuss your work or any other queries that you may have related to a particular module. It is wise to email in advance requesting an appointment.

REPEATS/SECOND SITTING
If you have failed a module(s), all is not lost.  You will have to repeat that module(s). You will find repeat titles on the relevant Blackboard modules on Friday, June 24th, 2022.

If you have failed a seminar module, you will generally be required to write one essay of 3,500 words. This essay will be the total repeat work for that module. 
If you have failed a  lecture module, you will be required to repeat a mid-term essay and a final essay.

If you have deferred a lecture module, you will be required to submit ONLY the part(s) of the module which you have deferred (ie midterm or final essay, or both).
If you have deferred a a seminar module, you should complete the 3, 500 word repeat essay OR (if you had already comleted part of the seminar module) contact your seminar leader for instructions.

Essays should be submitted via the Turnitin dropboxes on each module and will be due on Friday, August 5th at 12noon. Details for each module will be posted on the corresponding Blackboard site.

The Structure of Second Year English

Welcome to 2nd Year English!  

***UPDATE: Please note that there will be no scheduled examination papers in English in the academic year 2021-22. 
All modules will be assessed by essay.  See Blackboard modules for details.***

 

****FURTHER UPDATE: THE 2BA  Course Handbook has been updated for Semester 2 ****  

- All seminar times and locations are now available for Semester 2. 

 - Please ensure that the seminar you have registered for suits your timetable for Semester 2.  If it doesn't, online registration will open again on 6th January where you have the opportunity to change your existing seminar module.   

 - All seminar times and updated lecture module descriptions are available here: Updated 2BA Course Handbook 2021-22 

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Note to 2BA Students:

Semester 2:

Classes for lecture modules will begin on Monday, 10th January 2022.

Classes for seminar modules will begin on Monday, 17th January 2022

Information about Online Registration:
Registration opens for change of mind/change of module on January 6th  and closes on Febuary 1st 2022.  See http://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/how-to-register.html/continuingstudents/‌

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Module Information & Registration:

 1. MODULE INFORMATION:

  - All information for 2nd Year English will be available here:‌ Updated 2BA Course Handbook 2021-22

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2. REGISTRATION:
 Please ONLY register for modules that are in the COURSE OUTLINE above. 
(PLEASE NOTE: some modules may appear online that are not in the course outline).  

Online Module selection Registration for Semester 2, 2021-22 opens on January 6th.  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
 

 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.
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COURSE STRUCTURE for 2021-22

  • In Semester One, students choose THREE lecture modules out of a choice of four.
  • In Semester Two, students choose TWO lecture modules out of a choice of three and ONE seminar module.

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

Semester One Courses
Students are required to take THREE out of the following four lecture modules:

  • EN448.I Stories Told and Re-Told;
  • EN385 Drama and Theatre Studies; 
  • EN2166 Seduction, Sexuality, and Race: Early Modern Identities 
  • EN2133 Media, Culture, Society

Semester Two Courses
Students are required to take TWO out of the following three lecture modules, and ONE seminar module from the list in the course outline:

  • EN264 Studies in Medieval Literature; 
  • EN2156 Love and Literature;
  • EN2142 Worlds in Revolt: Romanticisms  

Head Of Second Year English

The Head of Second Year English for 2021/22 is Dr. Muireann O'Cinneide (Room 501, 3rd Floor, Tower 1).Given health restrctions, the main point of contact this year is by email.
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 October.  

Class Reps 2021-2022 to follow

 

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Repeat Examinations and Assignments

Results for undergraduate students will be released by the Examinations Office between June 10th and 15th.

Well done to all of you on completing the year under difficult circumstances.  Hopefully, your marks will reflect the work that you have put in to each module and, if so, congratulations!

If you have any questions about your lecture or seminar assignment, or about your grade for a particular module, then please contact your course leader. There will be a consultation day on June 23rd, and many members of teaching staff will be available online/in person for you to discuss your work or any other queries that you may have related to a particular module. It is wise to email in advance requesting an appointment.

REPEATS/SECOND SITTING
If you have failed a module(s), all is not lost.  You will have to repeat that module(s). You will find repeat titles on the relevant Blackboard modules on Friday, June 24th, 2022.

If you have failed a  lecture module, you will be required to repeat a mid-term essay and a final essay.
If you have failed a seminar module, you will generally be required to write one essay of 3,500 words. This essay will be the total repeat work for that module.

If you have deferred a lecture module, you will be required to submit ONLY the part(s) of the module which you have deferred (ie midterm or final essay, or both).
If you have deferred a a seminar module, you should complete the 3, 500 word repeat essay OR (if you had already comleted part of the seminar module) contact your seminar leader for instructions.

Essays should be submitted via the Turnitin dropboxes on each module and will be due on Friday, August 5th at 12noon. Details for each module will be posted on the corresponding Blackboard site.

 

The Structure of Third Year English

Welcome to 3rd Year English!  

***UPDATE: Please note that there will be no scheduled examination papers in English in the academic year 2021-22. 
All modules will be assessed by essay.  See Blackboard modules for details.***

 

****FURTHER UPDATE: THE 3BA/4BA  Course Outline has been updated for Semester 2 ****  

- All seminar times and locations are now available for Semester 2. 

 - Please ensure that the seminar you have registered for, suits your timetable for Semester 2.  If it doesn't, online registration will open again on 6th Janurary where you have the opportunity to change your existing seminar module.   

 - All seminar times and updated lecture module descriptions are available here: Updated 3BA_4BA Course Outline 2021-22

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Note to 3BA/4BA Students:

Semester 2:

Classes for lecture modules will begin on Monday, 10th January 2022.

Classes for seminar modules will begin on Monday, 17th January 2022

Information about Online Registration:
Registration opens for change of mind/change of module on January 6th  and closes on Febuary 1st 2022.  See http://www.nuigalway.ie/registration/how-to-register.html/continuingstudents/‌

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Module Information & Registration:

 1. MODULE INFORMATION:

  - All English modules and timetables are available here:  Updated 3BA_4BA Course Outline 2021-22

  - All information for 3rd/4th Year English will be available in the  3BA Student Handbook 2021-22 ‌

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2. REGISTRATION:
PLEASE NOTE: some modules may appear on the online registration system that are not running this year.  Please ONLY register for modules that are in the COURSE OUTLINE above.  

Registration for 2021-22 opens on August 23rd.  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
 

 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.
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COURSE STRUCTURE for 2021-22

  • In Semester One, students choose THREE lecture modules out of a choice of four.
  • In Semester Two, students choose TWO lecture modules out of a choice of three, and ONE seminar (OR EN399 if eligible) 

Semester One Courses
Students are required to take THREE out of the following four lecture modules:

  • ENG228 Old English Poetry ;
  • EN4112 Literature and Ecology; 
  • EN387 Specialist Studies: 20th Century Literature 
  • ENG238 Nineteenth Century British Literature

Semester Two Courses
Students are required to take TWO out of the following three lecture modules and ONE seminar from the course outline (or EN399 if eligible).

  • EN3138 Literature in the Digital Age
  • ENG304 Contemporary Literature;
  • EN388 Studies in Modern Irish Literature 
  • EN399 Extended Essay will be offered in place of a Seminar module. (EN399 is subject to a separate application process and places will be limited) ‌

Head of Third Year English

The Head of Third Year English for 2021/22 is Dr. Adrian Paterson (Room 502, 3rd Floor, Tower 1). Given health restrictions, the main point of contact this year is by email: adrian.paterson@nuigalway.ie 
If you have any concerns that would you like raised on behalf of your class, you can contact one of the 3rd Year English class representatives.  The Class Representatives list will be posted here at the end of October.  

Class Reps 2021-2022 to follow

 

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 Dr Padraic Killeen at padraic.killeen@nuigalway.ie or  Prof Sean Ryder at sean.ryder@nuigalway.ie

Timetable for 2BDA1 Students 2021-22: Please click Timetable for 2BDA1 2021-22