• Start Date: 20 September 2019
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Class Time: Friday 18.00 to 20.00
  • Fee: £150

This module provides an introduction to a number of key texts and workshop exercises, and demonstrates through class teaching how to respond to these – critically and creatively. Weekly seminars will be based on extracts or full texts of novels, short stories, creative (non-fiction) essays, performance and poems. An excellent introductory text is Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times, edited by Neil Astley. This course is open to anyone who has a good reading habit and an openness to reading work which challenges them.

One should only read books which bite and sting one.
If the book we are reading does not wake us up with

a blow to the head, what's the point in reading?
          A book must be the axe which smashes
          the frozen sea within us.

Franz Kafka

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Student typeModule price for 2019/20
Member of public £150
Full-time University of Dundee student Inclusive of your normal tuition fee

If you are undertaking study for credit you may be able to apply for help with your course fees from the following:

SDS Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)

If you already hold an ILA account you may be able to apply for funding. Please check the My World of Work website for details on what is available.

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant

You can apply for a Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG) if

  • you are studying between 30-119 credits per year


  • your personal income is £25,000 or less per year or
  • you are on certain benefits.

The level of grant relates to the number of credits you study and you can only apply once per academic year. This means you need to choose all your courses for the full academic year in advance. If you decide to increase your credits at a later point in the academic year you will not get a top-up. Further information and application form available via SAAS.

You need to take a minimum of 30 credits in the academic year to be eligible for the part-time fee grant. If you withdraw before completing 30 credits, SAAS will not cover the cost of your fees and you will then become liable for payment. The PTFG cannot be used in conjunction with support from another government training scheme. This includes the Individual Learning Account.

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Contact details

School of Humanities
+44 (0)1382 388625

Study for Credit

This is an accredited course. On successful completion you will receive 10 credits at SHE 1, SCQF Level 7. Assessment will be by coursework (continuous assessment).

Opting out of study for credit

All accredited courses will use an opt-out arrangement: those enrolled on an accredited course will be assumed to be studying for credit unless they opt out. Students enrolled on the module can opt out up to and including week 5. Registering for credit and completing matriculation gives you access to the Library and Learning Centre and University facilities.

Anyone opting out of studying for credit will still benefit from attending the course but should be mindful that the course content will be nuanced towards assessment and that they won't recieve a student ID card. There will be no reduction in fees available for those opting out of study for credit.

Minimum class size

All of our classes require minimum numbers to run. If a course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers, you will be notified one week before the course start date and given a full refund.

Changes to classes

All modules are reviewed regularly with respect to capacity and delivery. This review may lead to a change in the core and/or optional modules offered on a particular course. Module content is reviewed and may be adjusted as part of this process. In some cases adjustments to content may be significant. Modules may be rescinded permanently or withdrawn on a temporary basis at any time.

Any information regarding the modules offered and their content is therefore subject to change and provided as guidance only to assist you with your choice of course. Reading lists are also provided for information purposes only and do not constitute a final or definitive list.