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Unit description

Guides students through the major contemporary theoretical debates about the relationship between written texts and the production of cultural and social meanings. Students will do a detailed study of the theories of Postmodernism, Post-colonialism and Feminism.

Unit content

  • Introduction
  • Deconstruction, Derrida and beyond
  • New Historicism in the literary landscape
  • A question of authorship
  • Power and ethics
  • Theorising whiteness
  • Shifting subjectivity
  • Radical subjectivities
  • Space and time after 9/11
  • Postmodernity in the 21st century.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1differentiate between major contemporary theories about writing and written texts and the relationship of texts to cultural practicesIntellectual rigourCreativity
2recognise the theoretical positions underlying particular critical approaches to writing and textual analysisIntellectual rigourCreativity
3understand the significance of, the social and cultural contexts in which texts are made and readIntellectual rigourCreativity
4analyse texts from a number of theoretical perspectives.Intellectual rigourCreativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. differentiate between major contemporary theories about writing and written texts and the relationship of texts to cultural practices
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  2. recognise the theoretical positions underlying particular critical approaches to writing and textual analysis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. understand the significance of, the social and cultural contexts in which texts are made and read
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. analyse texts from a number of theoretical perspectives.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Flanagan, R, 2008, Wanting, Knopf, North Sydney.
  • Juchau, M, 2015, The World Without Us, Bloomsbury , Sydney.
  • Kang, H, 2015, The Vegetarian, Portobello Books, London.
  • Turner Hospital, J, 2007, Orpheus Lost, Fourth Estate, Sydney.
  • Wright, A, 2006, Carpentaria, Giramondo, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Assessment
Critical Response10%
Literature review35%
Essay45%
Participation10%
Notice

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Fee information

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