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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Pre-requisites

Must have completedWRIT1001 - Introduction to Written Texts

Unit aim

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

Unit content

Module 1: Text, Culture and Meaning

Module 2: Cultural Values and Creative Practice

Module 3: Who is the author?

Module 4: Radical Subjectivities and Ethics

Module 5: Postcolonialism and text

Module 6: Reading texts in the 21C

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.

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
2 recognise the theoretical positions underlying particular critical approaches to writing and textual analysis
3 understand the significance of the social and cultural contexts in which texts are made and read
4 apply literary theories to textual analysis in a range of academic writing forms.

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
  2. recognise the theoretical positions underlying particular critical approaches to writing and textual analysis
  3. understand the significance of the social and cultural contexts in which texts are made and read
  4. apply literary theories to textual analysis in a range of academic writing forms.

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 teaching periods.