module specification

IF3068 - Writing London: A World City (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Writing London: A World City
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Creative or critical writing assignment
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary


1. To introduce contemporary London writing in poetry and prose
2. To place the study of literature into its cultural and social context
3. Introduce students to subject-specific study skills
4. Improve student awareness of digital research
5. Develop critical and creative writing skills


Content will be provided through academic criticism, contemporary journalism, creative fiction and non-fiction and poetical works.
The module seeks to develop undergraduate study skills for lectures and seminars, develop digital literacy by focussing on student-centred learning, with ideas generated and developed through extensive discussion, reading, viewing and reflection.
Students will be encouraged to develop and expand their own ideas through active participation and engagement with the lectures, seminars and workshops, reading and reflective writing activities in their digital journals.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a series of teacher-led lectures, seminars and workshops, with students contributing to discussion, group work and tutorials (60 hrs).
Students will also engage in ongoing guided self and online study to enable them to improve their reading and writing skills and complete required assessment components (90 hrs).
Module information including module booklet and assessment details is available on WebLearn. Blended learning resources such as homework tasks, reading resources, study support resources and web links are also on WebLearn.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should know how to:
1. discuss key aspects of London’s post-war literary history
2. focus critically on creative and academic writing skills
3. critically respond to creative fiction and non-fiction in terms of argument, theme and form
4. access the range of text and digital material available to students
5. keep and develop a study journal that supports the submission of academic and creative work

Assessment strategy

The module is assessed by a final essay or creative piece.


Anna Adams (ed.), London in Poetry and Prose, Enitharmon Press, 2002
William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience - online
Peter Ackroyd, London: A Biography, Vintage, 2001
Rachel Lichtenstein, Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden, Penguin, 2013
Rachel Lichtenstein, On Brick Lane, Penguin, 2008
Iain Sinclair, London Orbital, Penguin, 2003
Contemporary fiction and poetry (extracts)
Bernardine Evaristo, Mr Loverman, Hamish Hamilton, 2013
Xiaolu Guo, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Vintage, 2008
Chimene Suleyman, Outside Looking On, Influx Press, 2014
Various, An Unreliable Guide to London, Influx Press, 2016
Stephen Watts, Ancient Sunlight, Enitharmon Press, 2013
Alex Wheatle, The Dirty South, Serpent’s Tail, 2009