Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600010071

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 29
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Expected learning outcomes • Identification of the basic tenets of different literary theories • Familiarization with the particularities of reading theoretical texts • Ability to perform a theoretically informed reading of a text • Close reading, critical thinking and analytical skills
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Where does the meaning of a text reside and who is responsible for it? Is meaning single or multiple? What is the role of the author and the reader, and how do different readings transform a text? How do literary texts and characters reflect certain ideologies and interact with history? How does literature relate to society and help us understand the world around us? What does the work of thinkers like Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud have to do with literature? This course attempts to answer these questions by approaching literary theory as a valuable tool that helps discover and decipher the complexity of a literary text. Students are introduced to some of the most influential theories (e.g. structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism etc.) that developed during the twentieth century and widely inform the study of literature nowadays too. They familiarize themselves with the key concepts of each strand of critical thought and the ways these shape the process of interpretation through the careful reading of seminal theoretical texts and the practical application of their propositions to a wide range of texts, from short stories and novel extracts to poems, songs, plays, and films.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Written assigments200.8
Student Assessment
Assessment methods: Assessment for this course is continuous and includes participation in class discussions and short (weekly) exercises (20%), a midterm assignment (20%), a short take-home assignment (20%) and a final research paper or oral presentation and written reflection (40%). Students participate in a final exam if they don't complete the aforementioned assignments.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Ενδεικτικοί τίτλοι: • Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996. • Lodge, David, and Nigel Wood. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader. 3rd Ed. London: Longman, 2008. • Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. Boston: Longman, 2011. • Rivkin, Julia, and Michael Ryan. Literary Theory: An Anthology. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004. • Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today: A User-friendly Guide. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2006.
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