This is a new module running in the second semester (2017). Unfortunately I cannot restart my degree to take this module, or add it on to my modules for level 6! Not only does it look amazing but unbelievably helpful in introducing you to research skills early on in your degree. You will have the chance to research through digital sources whilst using social media and ‘hands on’ blogging to explore the past.
If you plan to start reading for this module early, it is best to start with Sydney Padua’s The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the Frist Computer. I have already added this to my ‘for fun’ reading list too!
You will also look at Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. This will be read on the module in its intended serial form (with week by week analysis), so you do not need to read this in advance (obviously you can, if you like). In this way you can see how Dickens created suspense to maintain his audience. You will also keep an online journal of your reading and use social media to interact as a character from the book. (I’m so jealous – this sounds like so much fun!).
If you do want to get ahead with your reading over the summer I’d recommend Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. This is a wonderful novel and enjoyable to read. As a contemporary novel (2006) it is interesting to see a new interaction with a ‘classic’ like Great Expectations. The novel has many themes to explore too, so you can get those grey cells working whilst you wait to start your degree.
Lynne & T.E.A