Swahili IIb - Introduction To Swahili Literature
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- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
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- Full Year
Successful completion of Swahili I
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
At the end of the course, students should be able to read and analyse Swahili plays and poems and will have also done this for at least one novel. They should also be able to read and critically analyse Swahili short stories.
Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
Discusses and situates the basic genres of Swahili literature, commencing with a general survey of its development in the 20th century. Each genre will then be discussed within its context, and its main features analysed: in particular, themes and characterisation in the plays and novels, and metre and melody in poetry. The didactic nature of some stories/tales will also be noted. Variety of language use will be studied throughout the course. NOTE: This course will be taken parallel with, or following, Swahili II(A) Intermediate.
Method of assessment
One 2500-word essay, submitted on day 5, week 1, term 2 (30%); one 2500-word essay submitted on day 5, week 1, term 3 (30%), a 10-minute oral class presentation (15%) a 20-minute oral presentation (25%).