Sussex Modernism (Q3283)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This is a critical-creative writing module, where you’ll experiment with, and analyse, different ways of writing about place.

Sussex is particularly rich in modernist histories. You will interpret, and take inspiration from, experimental literary texts and artistic works created in the region during the 20th century. We encourage exploration of regional archives, museums, galleries, landscapes and the built environment.

You will:

  • investigate links between surrealism and psychogeography
  • conduct local history research
  • reflect on lesser-known cultural histories of the region
  • sharpen your understanding of what’s at stake when representing place today.

We support you through experiential learning opportunities to help your professional development. This supports your transition from your degree into employment.


32%: Lecture
3%: One-to-one (Tutorial)
65%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.