ENGL 4001 - Honours English Critical Thinking
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 4001 Course Honours English Critical Thinking Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units of English OR a Minor sequence of 18 units in English for students with a Creative Writing Major of 24 units Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program Course Description This course provides an opportunity to undertake advanced level study in literary theory and critical approaches in the discipline of English. The aim of the Honours Critical Thinking course is to develop students' understanding of the nature of criticism and the often unspoken assumptions that underlie various modes of critical analysis. Students will have the opportunity to develop high-order analytic and writing skills appropriate to the discipline of English. Topics to be covered will address core methodologies in literary study and key scholarly approaches to reading and writing about literature.
Course Coordinator: Professor Julian MurphetCourse convenor for 2017: Dr Meg Samuelson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course contributes to the broader curriculum in that it provides an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of a chosen topic through the processes of research and writing for all students undertaking an Honours year in English. On the completion of this course the student will be able to
1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of selected literary and critical theories and their main contributors and interventions in the field
2. articulate a systematic and critical understanding of selected literary and cultural research methods
3. critically evaluate contemporary debates in English literary studies and critical theory
4. demonstrate highly developed skills in critical reasoning, analysis and written communication
5. recognise the ethical, social and cultural issues in relation to the study of English literature
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, 5 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
2, 3, 4 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
4, 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 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, 5 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesThe three required set readings per week will be available in MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesLists of recommended additional readings will be posted under each week in MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOne two hour seminar per week in which the required readings will be discussed and which will present opportunities for collaborative learning and testing out new ideas, as well as formulating research questions for further study.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.2 hour seminar per week .............................................................. 2 hours
6 hours research per week ........................................................... 6 hours
10 hours mandated reading per week .......................................... 10 hours
6 hours writing work (drafts, editing, re-writing) per week ............. 6 hours
Sub-total per week ......................................................................... 24 hours
In addition, a further 24 hours in week 13 is expected in the preparation of the final assessment piece
TOTAL 24 x 13: 312 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Learning activities will be posted in MyUni.
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Assessment SummaryAssessment will be based on a weekly reading journal and a final essay.
Assessment DetailAvailable in MyUni.
SubmissionAll written work will be submitted through MyUni and Turnitin.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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