ENGL 2049 - Contemporary Australian Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 2049 Course Contemporary Australian Culture Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading & analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level I English standard Course Description This course introduces students to debates in and about contemporary Australian culture. It will examine a range of literature, film, and other aspects of Australian culture. The course will consider, among other things, the ways that 'Australianness' and 'the nation' have been conceptualised in recent debates, and the ways in which various understandings of Australia are represented in contemporary culture.
Course Coordinator: Professor Anne Pender
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse a range of examples of contemporary Australian culture in relation to key debates in literary studies, film studies, and Australian studies
2. Undertake independent research and textual analysis in the fields of Australian literary studies, Australian film studies, and Australian studies
3. Prepare coherently and logically argued written material based on effective use of evidence.
4. Collaborate effectively with peers in discussing contemporary Australian culture
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,2,3,4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesProvisional required resources:
Contemporary Australian Culture Reader (Image and Copy Centre)
Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang (Unibooks)
Rohan Wilson, The Roving Party (Unibooks)
Amy Matthews, End of the Night Girl (Unibooks)
Poetry and Short Stories (printed in the Reader)
English and Creative Writing Handbook (MyUni)
Films: Lantana, Australia, and The Sapphires. DVDs of the three films are available from the Reserve Collection in the Barr Smith Library.
Online LearningAll course information is available on MyUni, including audio streaming of lectures, powerpoints or lecture notes, assessment topics, and announcements. Please check your student email frequently, as the course convenor will, at times, use this address to communicate with you.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will begin to interpret and analyse contemporary Australian culture, and will begin to discuss and evaluate critical commentary on contemporary Australian culture. Seminars are a more informal opportunity for students to continue this interpretation, analysis, discussion and evaluation through oral presentation and group discussion. In this course the seminar group as a whole will take an active role in shaping the teaching and learning
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will commit to the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study this course.
Learning Activities Summary
Learning activities will be based on lectures and seminars. The timetable will be available from MyUni well before semester commences.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe small group discovery experience will be developed in seminars
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 500 word assignment Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 3 Seminar presentation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 4 2000 word seminar essay Formative and Summative 30% 1, 2, 3 Seminar attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 1, 2, 4 Take-home exam Summative 40% 1, 2, 3
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at seminars is a compulsory requirement of this course. Students must complete all written work to pass this course. Penalties apply for late work.
Assessment details will be available from MyUni
Instructions about submission for each assessment task will be available from MyUni
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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