Special Study: Literary Journalism and War
Area of Study
Taught In English
Substantial prior study of journalism at intermediate level.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
In this course students will read closely five exceptional books of journalism dealing with
war. In these books -- from George Orwell's account of the Spanish Civil War to Dexter
Filkins's reporting on the American invasion of Iraq -- the writers are centre stage,
exploring their own feelings and beliefs as they try to makes sense of the chaos of war.
Through analysing the texts students will examine the historical, cultural and theretical
contexts of the conflicts themselves and and also how journalism deals with describing
war. And through close attention to the style of these writers students become familiar
with literary journalism and be given an opportunity to develop their own narrative
Autumn Semester 2013:
George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia
Michael Herr, Dispatches
Spring Semester 2014:
Ryszard Kapuscinski, Another Day of Life
Kevin Myers, Watching the Door
Dexter Filkins, The Forever War
Teaching: 2 hour seminars every other week
STUDY OPTION 1:
? 6000 word Essay (70%)
? Practical project (to be agreed with module leader) (30%)
STUDY OPTION 2: Portfolio
STUDY OPTION 3: Portfolio
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.