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Unit description

Introduces students to the cultural paradigms of the 21st century and cultural evolution theory. The relationship between law, literature and culture in a post modern world is examined. Students analyse literary works using cultural evolution theory.  

Unit content

Topic 1: What happened after Postmodernism?

Topic 2: Cultural Evolution and the Darwinian Renaissance

Topic 3: Law and Literature as Cultural Products

Topic 4: Man, or the storytelling animal

Topic 5: Meme 1 – Truth

Topic 6: Meme 2 – Guilt

Topic 7: Meme 3 – Language

Topic 8: Meme 4 – The Other

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
1explain the complexities at the basis of the current debate on the end of postmodernismIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2identify, compare and criticise the alternative paradigms theorised as a follow-up to postmodernismIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3understand the basic concepts of memetic theory and apply them to a variety of cultural phenomenaIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4explain the relationship between law, literature and culture through the lenses of cultural evolution theoriesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
5understand the cultural, legal and literary memetic implications in the novels used as case studies.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. explain the complexities at the basis of the current debate on the end of postmodernism
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify, compare and criticise the alternative paradigms theorised as a follow-up to postmodernism
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. understand the basic concepts of memetic theory and apply them to a variety of cultural phenomena
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. explain the relationship between law, literature and culture through the lenses of cultural evolution theories
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. understand the cultural, legal and literary memetic implications in the novels used as case studies.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 hours (4 days)
Assessment
Participation and class room activity30%
Presentation30%
Essay40%

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 4 hours (4 days)
Assessment
Participation and class room activity30%
Presentation30%
Essay40%
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