Class, Culture and Contemporary Writing (Q3319)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores a body of work charting the lived experience of class in the late 20th and 21st century. Situating that trend in the longer history of modern social justice narratives, the module engages with different forms of creative and critical writing (novels, poems, memoirs) as well as social and political texts to develop an understanding of the co-ordinates of contemporary discourses on class, class differences and class transition. Addressing the social and economic violence of inequality, this module engages global themes, with a particular focus on the potential for imagining difference and change in the contemporary context.



33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 35 hours of contact time and about 265 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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: