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Student wins payout over 'sex-obsessed' creative writing course at Welsh uni


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A student has won £750 compensation after complaining her courses teaching was too 'sex obsessed'.

Angie Marynicz, 61, complained that the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Shakespeare were disturbing and she found the lecturer’s “ignorant and callous delivery of such sensitive topics” distressing.

Marynicz complaint was about her course at the University of Wales, Trinity St David.

Mrs Marynicz wrote in her complaint: "One of the compulsory modules for the BA (Hons) Creative Writing course was Critical and Cultural Theory.

"The first lecture for that module was listening to the lecturer read aloud the Edgar Allen Poe short story The Black Cat, which is a graphic account of domestic abuse where the abuser puts an axe through his wife's head.

"As he finished reading the story, he giggled which I found very upsetting and offensive. I emailed him twice to tell him so - to which I received no reply.

"The second lecture in that module was the Freudian idea that Shakespeare's Hamlet had an Oedipus complex i.e. child sex abuse/incest. I was told by the Head of School, in no uncertain terms, that this was good art and they would carry on teaching it as such."

She continued: “Within the degree course were poetry modules with the Head of School being the lecturer. At the beginning of one of his modules, he announced that 'All literature is about sex because sex is the most important thing in the world’.”

The university rejected her complaint, and Marynicz took it to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).

The OIA rejected the complaint on the content of the course, citing academic freedom, but said the university “should have considered whether it was reasonable to require Mrs Marynicz to attend the Critical and Cultural lectures in view of the content and delivery of the module which Mrs Marynicz had difficulties with."

It further ordered the university pay her £750 in compensation.

A University spokesman said: “The University wishes to stress that the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education found the student’s complaint “not justified” in all of its main points, including those relating to course content and delivery.

"The complaint was deemed partly justified solely in relation to attendance for particular lectures and, in accordance with the recommendation of the OIA, a sum of £750 was paid to the student and accepted as ‘full and final settlement’ of the complaint.

The university was in the news recently after they “strongly refuted” a student survey that saw them come 125th – dead last in the UK.

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