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682359S Poetry of Nation and Identity, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682359S  Validity 01.08.2013 -
Name Poetry of Nation and Identity  Abbreviation Poetry of Natio 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the spring term 2017. In extenuating circumstances an alternative method for taking the course may be offered if the student is unable to take the course in the spring.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course students will be able to display insight into the complex web of political, cultural, social and ethnic identities that have influenced the identity poetry of Great Britain. Students should have an understanding of the leading national poetries of England, Wales and Scotland.


This course is an examination of national discourse through the national poetries of England, Wales and Scotland, focusing on the most iconic examples, namely those poets and poems that help us to further understand the creation of distinct national identities in these countries. The course includes, among others, Simon Armitage, Tony Harrison, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Benjamin Zephaniah, R S Thomas, Gwyneth Lewis, Robbie Burns, Hugh MacDiarmid, Tom Leonard and Jackie Kay.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures 28 h; reading/self-study  47 h; end-term essay of 3000 words (around 10 pages) 60 h

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Seminar-based communicative approach to teaching. Original recordings of the poets themselves used wherever possible.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Introduction to British Studies is recommended.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

To be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final course essay as per list. A detailed description of the assessment criteria will be available in the course workspace in Optima. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 0–5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail

Person responsible 

John Braidwood (University Lecturer)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Poetry of Nation and Identity  Course  John Braidwood  07.09.21 -30.11.21

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