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
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.
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
John Braidwood (University Lecturer)
|Working life cooperation
The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English