ENGL 2050 - Gothic

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course introduces students to texts from the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries belonging to or illustrating variations on the gothic mode. Texts will include fiction, short fiction and poetry. Students will gain an understanding of the historical evolution of gothic literary conventions, and of the ways these conventions have been enlisted in contemporary writing practices. The course will introduce students to some of the social, cultural and political issues to which the gothic mode has responded, and to some of the theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on the gothic literary tradition.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2050
    Course Gothic
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    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 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 1002 & ENGL 2023 & ENGL 3023
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading & analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level I English standard
    Course Description This course introduces students to texts from the late eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries belonging to or illustrating variations on the gothic mode. Texts will include fiction, short fiction and poetry. Students will gain an understanding of the historical evolution of gothic literary conventions, and of the ways these conventions have been enlisted in contemporary writing practices. The course will introduce students to some of the social, cultural and political issues to which the gothic mode has responded, and to some of the theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on the gothic literary tradition.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Amanda Nettelbeck

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Be able to read and understand a range of literary texts in terms of conventions of the gothic mode
    2. Understand different approaches to and methods of representing literary texts
    3. Be able to think critically about literary texts in the context of their original production
    4. Be able to prepare well informed and well argued written assignments
    5. Be able to assess and apply critical scholarship in light of students' own thinking
    6. Have a capacity to work to structured deadlines
    7. Have a capcity to engage productively and respectfully with peers in a team-work setting
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4,5,7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,5,6,7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5,6,7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2,3,4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5,6,7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2,3,5,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Set texts are
    Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop
    Carson McCullers, Ballad of the Sad Cafe
    John Harwood, The Ghost Writer
    Sheridan Le Fanu, In a Glass Darkly
    Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
    Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

    A course reader to be available from the start of semester
    Recommended Resources
    See the English homepage on the Barr Smith Library site for a selection of resources for English Studies: http://www/adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/english/
    Online Learning
    Any additional course materials will be available on MyUni. Recorded lectures and powerpoints will be made available to all students on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning will take place through lectures, seminars, and private study.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will engage in seminars, lectures, reading activities and assignment preparation up to an expected course total of 156 hours.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Summary of learning activities will be announced within the course profile at the start of semester.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small Group Discovery will take place in lectures as interactive close reading activity, and in seminars as a small group research exercise.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment will be a combination of seminar presentation, annoted bibliography, researched essay and exam.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment detail will be included in the course profile that will be made available on MyUni.
    Submission
    Written assignments will be submitted online using Turnitin.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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