UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENGL3301 The European Individual

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Cultural Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
Content In this unit important aspects of the concept of the European and Western individual are studied in their origins and development, with a focus on the emergence of the individual as a source of value from the Renaissance through to classic theories of European and American liberalism, in which concepts of tolerance, openness and pluralism became important values for modern Europeans and Westerners in dealing with questions of law and government, religious and social freedoms, attitudes to sexuality and aesthetics, conceptions of ethics, and the just use of power. Students are introduced to classic literary works from the European and Western canon. Theoretical works provide a historical, theoretical, and social-psychological perspective for the study of literary and aesthetic texts.

In the process of engaging with this literary, cultural and historical material, students engage on a deeper level with literary, cultural and historical material and further extend their skills in research and documentation, clear and accurate summation and presentation of arguments, critical analysis and interpretation, and succinct synthesis and statement of conclusions. Tutorial environments are conducive to the constructive interchange of ideas and opinions based on thorough preparation. Encounters with material from other cultures and sociohistorical contexts encourage the understanding of self and others, and foster tolerance as well as self-criticism. Teamwork and good time management are encouraged through teaching of study skills implicit in the unit material.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) analyse central texts in the representation of the individual in order to understand their political, aesthetic and philosophical significance as well as their sociocultural and historical context; (2) be cognizant of contemporary debates and critical literature about liberalism and liberal theory, and literature and individuality, in relation to canonical texts in the European and Western tradition; (3) extend their understanding and application of the principles of honest and meticulous research, analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in short assignments and essays; (4) develop their ability to communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations; (5) develop their ability to engage with confidence in complex intellectual domains, using those domains to criticise familiar contexts and assumptions; and (6) further develop the generic skills which enable them to extend their acquired knowledge and skills beyond the University.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) reflective essay; (2) research exercise; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Ned Curthoys and Winthrop Professor Bob White
Unit rules
Prerequisites: EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History or EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture or any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility: EURO2202 Sex, Morality and Power—Survey; EURO3301 The European Individual
Contact hours lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week for 10 weeks from week 2
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENGL3301/SEM-1/2017

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