ENGL5503 Critical Paradigms

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit refines and deepens students' understanding of critical literacy by studying new developments in literary and cultural theory. Theory is presented as an integrated reflective practice, rather than a collection of discrete approaches to textual understanding. Issues discussed include the relationship between literature and history, race and representation, the relationship between literature and oral and digital cultures, and literature and cultural identities. The unit connects with the literacy strand of the new Australian Curriculum, and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority.
Students are able to (1) develop a subtler, non-mechanistic understanding of the practice of reading; (2) be conversant with current debates and new paradigms in critical theory; (3) integrate such concepts into their own critical writing and reading, as demonstrated in their site analyses and seminar contributions; and (4) possess highly developed skills in critical literacy.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 4000-word written site analysis; (2) a 1200-word site analysis proposal (which may be incorporated into the final product) submitted four weeks before the analysis itself; and (3) a group seminar presentation of approximately 1000 words. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
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