Free Online Course on “How to Read a Novel?” by the University of Edinburgh

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Partially FundedSelf Funded
  • Duration 4 Weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 49631
  • Application Fee Required No
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Opportunity Description

Course introduction

The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival have developed this online course on ‘reading a novel effectively’. What makes a great novel? How is a novel intertwined together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction? You will answer these questions and more with this course. Furthermore, get more from your reading by getting underneath the skin of the novel by understanding some of the primary building blocks of the novel. In this course, you’ll explore four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts, including the four novels that are shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize. You’ll also know more about the formal strategies authors apply, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.

Course quick details:

  • Course developer: The University of Edinburgh
  • Instruction language: English
  • Course provider: Future Learn
  • Course type: Online and self-paced
  • Subject: Literature
  • Price: Free with limited access, Monthly Subscription: $27.99, or Buy this course: $69
  • Duration: 4 weeks (2 hours per week)
  • Start date: Available now

Course instructors:

  1. Benjamin Bateman
  2. Carolina Buffoli

Learning objectives:

By completing this course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Pinpoint key strategies used by authors to transform the temporal progression of the narrative.
  • Reflect on the effects created by a narrative frame.
  • Assess novels for signs of narrative unreliability.
  • Talk about my reading of contemporary fiction with a massive online learning community.
  • Discover ways of understanding character, such as behavior, speech, and motives.
  • Unearth the impact of varying settings on the development of character and plot.
  • Evaluate the influence of different ways of presenting dialogue and the impact of dialect speech.

 Who can enroll?

This course is for the reader who is interested in and enjoys reading. You don’t need any previous experience.

Course content:

What topics will it cover?

  • The course tests specific techniques related to plotting and temporality, including flashbacks, unreliable narration, and framed narratives.
  • The course touches on ways of understanding character, such as behavior and motives.
  • It explores matters pertinent to the presentation of dialogue, including conversational mood and dialect voices.
  • The course focuses on the impact of different settings on the development of plot and character.
  • It invites learners to examine their perception via weekly quizzes and a final peer assessment task.
  • The four novels explored for this course are:
    • Week 1 (Plot): Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
    • Week 2 (Characterization): Memorial by Bryan Washington
    • Week 3 ( Dialogue): A Shock by Keith Ridgway
    • Week 4 (Setting): English Magic by Uschi Gatward

 Course Benefits:

  • 100% online and accessible
  • Access to this course for 4 weeks

How to join this course?

You can join and pursue this course by completing a registration in the given link.

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To learn more about Free Online Course on “How to Read a Novel?” by the University of Edinburgh, please refer to FutureLearn’s website.

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