Vampire Fictions MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)


A MOOC is a free open access online course that fosters large-scale interactive participation. Edge Hill University’s first MOOC – MOC1001 Vampire Fictions – gives students the opportunity to participate for free and, upon successful completion of the module, gain a Certificate of Completion. Alternatively – for a small fee – students can engage in the module and gain credit for assignments of a passable quality.

MOC1001 Vampire Fictions

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This first-year undergraduate module examines the cultural history of the vampire in prose fiction from the early nineteenth century to the present day. Focusing each week on a key literary text – from classics such as Dracula, to popular contemporary manifestations such as Twilight – we will examine the evolution of the vampire and what it represents within the historical and cultural contexts of each text studied. Adopting a range of critical lenses, from Marxist readings to Postcolonial approaches, we will chart the development of the vampire as a literary figure.

Key Facts

  • BatThinking about going to University? Vampire Fictions gives you the opportunity to find out what a module is like and potentially gain credit
  • Test your skills and knowledge at Undergraduate level
  • Feed your passion for literature and cultivate independent critical thinking and judgement
  • Acquire and develop a key set of communication skills that are highly valued by employers
  • Experience research-led teaching and learning

How will I study?

The module will be delivered online as a MOOC over a 12 week period (starting on Tuesday 3 September 2013).

Who will be teaching me?

Dr Ben Brabon (Senior Lecturer in English Literature and SOLSTICE Learning and Teaching Fellow) is the module leader for MOC1001 Vampire Fictions.

How will I be assessed?

The module has 2 assignments:

  1. Podcast presentation
  2. Critical blog

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites.

Find out more

For more information, take a look at the Module Information Sheet and Module Handbook, or feel free to contact Dr Ben Brabon via email at


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