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.

Delivery of Teaching for Autumn Trimester 2020–21


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 Autumn trimester, the majority of our classes will continue to be provided online, and face-to-face classes will only take place for small groups where such instruction is considered pedagogically and practically necessary, and safe. We see online instruction as the most equitable pedagogical solution since not all students will be able to come into campus due to concerns for their own health or those of family members. For those students unable to come to campus, all face-to-face classes will have alternative online modes of learning. For the Spring trimester, we aim to return to our normal face-to-face teaching arrangements, if circumstances permit. While each module will be handled differently, students can expect the following overarching principles:



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 late August in time for registration in September. All School plans are based on the public health guidance currently available, and are subject to change.


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