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7WHU0017 Reading the Vampire Science, Sexuality and Alterity in Modern Culture (Online)

About the course

Since their animation out of folk materials in the nineteenth century, vampires have been continually reborn in modern culture. They have enacted a host of anxieties and desires, shifting shape as the culture they are brought to life in itself changes form. Reading the Vampire embeds vampires in their cultural contexts, exploring their relationship to folklore and modernity. The module will provide a forum for the development of innovative research and examine these creatures in all their various manifestations and cultural forms. 

As a student on the module, you will have the opportunity to engage with the University of Hertfordshire's Open Graves, Open Minds research project. The project is convened by Dr Sam George who also teaches this module.  

Teaching methods

This online programme features a spectrum of digitally-accessed resources for students including recorded lectures, student-led discussion platforms, and one-to-one supervision. You will also have access to a wide range of academic resources via the University's Online Library. Assessment is normally by coursework only. Outstanding online support is offered via StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.

Our MA students are encouraged to attend events and conferences and present their papers as part of their teaching and learning. You’ll be invited to participate in a postgraduate research forum and to attend conferences, events and symposia, hosted by the groundbreaking Open Graves, Open Minds Project. 

The leading course text on this module is Open Graves, Open Mind: Representations of Vampires and the Undead From the Enlightenment to the Present Day

Course experts

Dr Sam George

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Start DateEnd DateLink
18/01/202121/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

Course fees

  • £755 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year