EUST 2112 - Great Literary Texts of Western Civilization

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course explores a sample of the Great Literary Texts of Western Civilization. All the genres will be represented, so that students may appreciate the intricacies of prose, theatre and poetic language. The texts and themes will be varied and will include works by authors such as: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Stendhal, Gogol, Pirandello and Proust. The survey of Great Texts will cover the themes and the place in literary history of these writers, but also their innovations in terms of technique (form, texture of the language).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EUST 2112
    Course Great Literary Texts of Western Civilization
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    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 Arts courses
    Incompatible EUST 2004 or EUST 3004
    Course Description This course explores a sample of the Great Literary Texts of Western Civilization. All the genres will be represented, so that students may appreciate the intricacies of prose, theatre and poetic language. The texts and themes will be varied and will include works by authors such as: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Stendhal, Gogol, Pirandello and Proust. The survey of Great Texts will cover the themes and the place in literary history of these writers, but also their innovations in terms of technique (form, texture of the language).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Natalie Edwards

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On the completion of Great Literary Texts of Western Civilization, students will be able to:
    1. understand and appreciate some of the key texts of the western canon and their place in literary history
    2. analyse texts and communicate information, ideas and arguments about them with accuracy, coherence and sophistication, in both spoken and written modes, using a range of appropriate resources and technologies
    3. locate and evaluate a variety of sources to further their own understanding of literary texts
    4. organise and analyse information appropriate to the study of literary texts
    5. work both independently and in collaboration with others in the exploration, generation and presentation of ideas and information, and contribute productively and in a timely manner to group-based outcomes
    6. develop a commitment to the rigorous application of scholarly principles in the exploration of questions relating to the literary tradition of the western canon
    7. work independently to improve their knowledge and understanding of the literary productions of western civilization
    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
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students will need to purchase, borrow from the library, or download electronically, the following texts:
    - The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes & his Fortunes & Adversities
    - Shakespeare, Henry V (to be confirmed)
    - Dante, The Inferno
    - Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
    - Stendhal,  The Red and the Black
    - Gogol, The Overcoat
    - Proust, Swann's Way
    - Beckett, Waiting for Godot
    Online Learning
    The following will be available on MyUni:
    - course booklet
    - lecture powerpoints and recordings (for the majority of topics)
    - other documents, as required
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week
    Workload

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

    1 lecture per week                      12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar per week      24 hours per semester
    3-6 hours reading per week       36-72 hours per semester
    Assignment preparation             36 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD                    144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Authors/texts will be introduced in the lecture. The seminar will provide the opportunity for discussion and debate.
    The Course Booklet, available through MyUni to students enrolled in the course, provides a detailed schedule of the texts to be studied in which weeks.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is essential.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Once during the semester, students work in small groups to prepare the seminar for a given text. Collectively, the group devises 3 or 4 questions that will form the basis for discussion in the seminar. Students will act as group leaders for that class discussion. Following the seminar, a report is to be compiled summing up the main ideas that emerged and providing an appraisal of the issues that were covered.
  • Assessment

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    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 comprise: seminar paper, essay, class presentation (report on a critical article), annotated bibliography
    Assessment Detail
    See the Course Booklet, available through MyUni to students enrolled in the course, for a detailed presentation of the assessment procedures for the course.
    Submission
    Assignments to be submitted on-line. More detail will be provided in class and in the Course Booklet.
    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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