ENGL 2061 - Body, Culture, Text

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The broad aim of this course is to look at texts and topics that raise issues of embodiment and identity using contemporary theories and methodologies from literary and cultural studies. The course is organised around literary texts and cultural topics and the primary focus is on examining these texts and topics. However, students are expected to read widely in literary and cultural studies and to situate their analyses of texts and topics by engaging with theories, methodologies and debates that are introduced in the course. These theories, methodologies and debates will be concerned with identities and how they are constructed in relation to some or all of the following as they relate to the body: race (including whiteness); indigeneities; gender; sexualities (both heterosexualities and non-heterosexualities) and body modifications.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2061
    Course Body, Culture, Text
    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
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study. Students must be 18 years of age at the commencement of classes due to the discussion of R rated themes and materials
    Incompatible ENGL 2037 & ENGL 3037
    Assumed Knowledge 3 units of Level I English
    Course Description The broad aim of this course is to look at texts and topics that raise issues of embodiment and identity using contemporary theories and methodologies from literary and cultural studies. The course is organised around literary texts and cultural topics and the primary focus is on examining these texts and topics. However, students are expected to read widely in literary and cultural studies and to situate their analyses of texts and topics by engaging with theories, methodologies and debates that are introduced in the course. These theories, methodologies and debates will be concerned with identities and how they are constructed in relation to some or all of the following as they relate to the body: race (including whiteness); indigeneities; gender; sexualities (both heterosexualities and non-heterosexualities) and body modifications.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Mandy Treagus

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of texts and topics relating to embodiment
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of key literary theories in relation to embodiment
    3 Demonstrate oral and written analytic and critical skills through the contextualized discussion of a range of texts, and through close reading and critical analysis of selected texts
    4 Demonstrate ability to synthesise a range of information and argument, and theircapacity to formulate and articulate considered points of view in writing
    5 Participate in productive and respectful discussion with their peers
    6 Develop skills to critically examine contemporary and theoretical debates relating to embodiment and identity
    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. 1-6
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3-6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Course reader - available from Image and Copy

    Set texts - available from Unibooks:


    Jackie Kay, Trumpet

    Rick Moody, Ice Storm

    Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded

    Nan Shepherd, Living
    Mountain

    Recommended Resources
    Students must view the following films:


    Fight Club, dir.
    David Fincher

    Whale Rider, dir.
    Niki Caro

    Twilight, dir. Catherine Hardwicke

    Online Learning
    Recorded lectures and other course material will be available on MyUni.



  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving seminars which further develop lecture material.
    Workload

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

    1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Heterosexuality
    Week 3 Gender, Ideology, Romance
    Week 4 Queer Theory
    Week 5 Gender
    Week 6 Transgender
    Week 7 Whiteness & ‘Race’
    Week 8 Indigenous Representation
    Week 9 Identities, voice, performance
    Week 10 Eco-poetics and the senses
    Week 11 Abject bodies
    Week 12 Conclusion
  • 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 Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6
    600 word assignment Formative and Summative 15% 1-6
    Seminar presentation Formative and Summative 5% 1-6
    1500 word minor essay Formative and Summative 30% 1-6
    2500 word major essay Formative and Summative 40% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at seminars is compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Seminar participation (10%): attendance and participation at seminars.

    Seminar presentation (5%): students will give a short oral presentation on a chosen topic.

    600 word assignment (15%): students will do a close reading of a passage from a set text.

    1500 word minor essay (30%): students will submit an essay based on their seminar presentation.

    2500 take-home exam (40%): students will do a take-home exam in swot vac week covering all aspects of the course.
    Submission
    All assignments will be submitted on hard copy via the Humanities Office.
    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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