Studying online

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Unit Overview

Description

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.

Credit
6 points
Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.