In English we teach a wide range of subjects, from Anglo-Irish Literature, including Joyce, to Romantic and Victorian literature, modernism and contemporary literature, American literature and world literature in English, early modern writing and medieval studies, and women’s writing and gender studies. Courses are taught through lectures, seminars, and small-group teaching. Many distinguished writers – from James Joyce to Neil Jordan and Colm Toibín – are UCD graduates, and visits by writers are encouraged; the School has also made its mark in criticism and is proud to number Denis Donoghue, Seamus Deane and J.C.C. Mays among its emeritus professors.
WELCOME TO THE SPRING TRIMESTER 2020-21 AT UCD SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, DRAMA AND FILM
UCD is committed to ensuring that each student can engage with their academic programme effectively and has access to the highest quality learning and student experience possible. Schools in the College of Arts and Humanities are prioritising wellbeing, quality, and flexibility, across all our modules. Our stimulating teaching and learning environments are designed to ensure your safety, to meet disciplinary demands, and to provide access for all.
The School of English, Drama, and Film has put a great deal of thought into balancing the many concerns brought by covid-19, including prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff, the need for social distancing and personal protection, managing limitations on the use of classroom space, and the desire to provide opportunities to build personal connections among students and faculty. For the Spring trimester, all of our classes will continue to be provided online, and we will only provide face-to-face classes when such instruction is considered pedagogically and practically necessary, and when this has been deemed safe. We see online instruction as the most equitable pedagogical solution since not all students will be able to come into campus due to restrictions on travel and assembly, and due to concerns for their own health or those of family members. If we are able to return to campus-based teaching later in the Spring trimester, all face-to-face classes will have alternative online modes of learning to enable remote learning to continue. While each module will be handled differently, students can expect the following overarching principles:
- All lectures will be delivered online, and made available as recordings, in accordance with public health restrictions on mass gatherings.
- As the learning objectives of seminar and tutorial classes are compromised by social distancing and the wearing of facemasks, all classes will take place online
- All meeting times and meeting modes will be clearly detailed in the module outline available on Brightspace for each module.
- All synchronous (live) teaching will be dictated by the university timetable. Please note that classroom numbers may be given on your timetable, but these are provided by the university only in the event that we are able to return to campus. You will be told in advance if and when this is possible
- Even if we return to campus-based classes, all face-to-face instruction for this trimester will be replicated with online resources or classes.
- Student engagement will be key to the success of online material, and students should expect an emphasis on continuous assessment including the submission of weekly written work and/or discussion boards and/or other tools that increase engagement between students and faculty.
- Students will be given the opportunity to interact with peers and instructors in online formats and are free to schedule online meetings with other students in order to work on assigned work on the module.
- Faculty will provide details on consultation hours, which will only be provided online.
- Faculty will endeavour to provide as much of the learning materials for modules as possible in electronic form, insofar as this is possible and practical. Students are still expected to purchase books and other materials as required for each module.
- All coursework submission will take place online through Brightspace. Examinations will also be online, with exam papers released electronically to students in advance of the designated submission time.
- The School understands that online classes rely upon students having access to reliable internet and sufficient digital devices. If you do not have ready access to such things, you should contact one of the student advisors for the College.
All modules in the School have been assessed for the safest and fairest means of delivery. Specific information about each module and programme will be available in January prior to the commencement of the trimester. All School plans are based on the public health guidance currently available, and are subject to change.
If you have any general queries, please contact the Arts and Humanities Connector at https://www.ucd.ie/artshumanities/contact/artshumanitiesconnector/
If you have specific queries about programmes in the School of English, Drama and Film, please contact the School staff:
CREATIVE WRITING: firstname.lastname@example.org
DRAMA AND FILM: email@example.com
GRADUATE STUDIES: firstname.lastname@example.org