ENGL 3042 - Adaptation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course is designed to give students an understanding of issues involved in adaptation of literary works for the cinematic screen. The focus is on the adaptation of American narrative works. Students will be introduced to specific knowledge about the cultural, industrial, political, social, historic and technological circumstances surrounding the production and reception of the texts, and films featured on the course. The course will offer students an opportunity to reflect on questions of fidelity, textual authority and cultural prestige. Students will be introduced to key concepts and practices in the semiotic analysis of verbal and visual media. They will engage with theoretical debates informing the development of adaptation studies as a scholarly field. The course will be structured as a sequence of modules allowing students to work in detail with a combination of literary and cinematic materials, critical materials, and theoretical readings.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 3042
    Course Adaptation
    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 (1 hour online + 2 hours face-to-face)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of level 2 undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 2048
    Assumed Knowledge ENGL 1105, ENGL 2057
    Course Description This course is designed to give students an understanding of issues involved in adaptation of literary works for the cinematic screen. The focus is on the adaptation of American narrative works. Students will be introduced to specific knowledge about the cultural, industrial, political, social, historic and technological circumstances surrounding the production and reception of the texts, and films featured on the course. The course will offer students an opportunity to reflect on questions of fidelity, textual authority and cultural prestige. Students will be introduced to key concepts and practices in the semiotic analysis of verbal and visual media. They will engage with theoretical debates informing the development of adaptation studies as a scholarly field. The course will be structured as a sequence of modules allowing students to work in detail with a combination of literary and cinematic materials, critical materials, and theoretical readings.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Engage with, critically analyse and evaluate a range of texts and films
    2. Engage with, critically analyse and evaluate a range of secondary sources
    3. Consider, analyse, evaluate and respond constructively to an array of unfamiliar theoretical perspectives, applying them as appropriate
    4. Develop and conduct independent and/or team research projects on issues in literature / film adaptation
    5. Write analytically and critically about key course issues in a variety of genres appropriate to the discipline
    6. Work autonomously and/or in teams to lead oral discussions based on research, analysis, synthesis and high-level evaluation
    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, 5, 6
    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, 4, 5, 6
    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, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 6
    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, 5, 6
    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
    3, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Provisional.
    "Memento Mori" Jonathan Nolan. 
    Memento. Dir. Christopher Nolan, 2001.
    No Country for Old Men. Cormac McCarthy
    No Country for Old Men.
    Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007.
    The Shining. Stephen King. 
    The Shining.
    Dir. Stanley Kubrick, 1980.
    The Talented Mr Ripley. Patricia Highsmith. 
    The Talented Mr Ripley.
    Dir. Anthony Minghella, 1999.
    The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian Selznick. 
    Hugo.
    Dir. Martin Scorsese. 2011.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced. To be provided through DRMC / MyUni. 
    Online Learning
    The course will make active use of MyUni. 
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    To be announced. 
    Workload

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

    156 hours per semester. To be distributed in a manner to be annouced. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    To be announced. 
    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must be enrolled for degree for copyright reasons. Students must be over 18 years of age due to the possibility of discussing R rated material. 
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The Small Group Discovery Experience will be delivered through the assessment that requires students to work in teams to develop a class discussion plan. Students will research discussion questions and activities and will then facilitate discussion in small groups in class. A roster for leading discussion will be drawn up early in the semester, and SGDE experiences will occur throughout the semester under the supervision of the course convenor. 
  • 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
    Provisional. 
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Annotated bibliography 750 words Formative and summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    SGDE class discussion plan & discussion 400 words Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Essay 2500 words Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    See the Department of English and Creative Writing Handbook of Policies and Procedures for assessment related requirements.
    Assessment Detail
    Provisional. 
    • 750 word annotated bibliography on theories of adaptation. Students will be required to complete an annotated bibliography on theories of adaptation. 30% weighting.
    • 400 word SGDE discussion plan. Working in teams of 3, students will be required to complete a plan to lead small group discussion in an SGDE environment. The plans will be based on research, and will be submitted two weeks before the relevant session. Students will receive formative feedback before leading discussion. 20% weighting.
    • 2500 word essay. Students will be required to complete an essay on one instance of literature/film adaptation. 50% weighting. 
    Submission
    Via Turnitin / MyUni. 
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    SELT feedback from the 2015 iteration of the course was as follows: 
    Joy McEntee is an effective University teacher: Broad Agreement 89.83%
    Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this course: Broad Agreement 91.53%
    Common issues raised by students:

    • Some students did not like being assessed as a member of a group
    • Some students did not like the creative adaptation exercise
    • More discussion of set theoretical readings in seminars and lectures requested by some students
    Action to be taken for the 2017 iteration of the course:
    • As working in a group is a graduate attribute, this will not necessarily be eliminated, but peer evaluation may be introduced
    • The adaptation exercise will be reviewed and possibly eliminated
    • The course will focus on set theoretical readings in a more concentrated way by changing the assessment (adding an annotated bibliography; changing the instructions for the assignment that calls on students to devise seminar discussion questions)
  • Student Support
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