ENGL 3044 - Body Culture Text

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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 3044
    Course Body Culture Text
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible ENGL 2061
    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

    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


    On successful completion of this course
    students will be able to:

    1.
    To develop students’ knowledge of texts and topics relating to embodiment.




    2.
    To develop students’ knowledge of key literary theories in relation to
    embodiment.




    3.
    To develops students’ 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.
    To develop students’ research skills, their ability to synthesise a range of
    information and argument, and their capacity to formulate and articulate
    considered points of view in writing.




    5.
    To encourage students to participate in productive and respectful discussion
    with their peers.




    6.
    To encourage students to critically examine contemporary and theoretical debates
    relating to embodiment and identity




    7.
    To use technologies relevant to the
    preparation and completion of assessment tasks




    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students must acquire the following texts:


    Texts:

    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

    Jackie Kay, Trumpet

    Rick Moody, Ice Storm

    Maggie Nelson, The
    Argonauts

    Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded


    Body Culture Text Reader, available from
    Image and Copy

    Films:

    Fight Club, dir.
    David Fincher

    Whale Rider, dir.
    Niki Caro

    Twilight, dir. Catherine Hardwicke

    Sweet Country, dir. Warwick Thornton

    Body in art:

    Yuki Kihara – Study of a Samoan Savage – online

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly lectures will introduce students to important
    theoretical knowledges and cultural debates around embodiment and identities.
    Lectures will be recorded and posted on MyUni. This will enhance access and
    flexibility for many students, and will support the learning efforts of,
    students from non-English speaking backgrounds, including international
    students.

    Weekly seminars will be devoted to in-depth discussion of
    lecture materials, and to close reading and discussion of the set texts
    inspired and guided by student presentations, with a view to expanding
    students’ knowledge. Seminar presentations will involve some small group
    preparation outside class, and in class discussions will take place in both
    small and large groups in order to facilitate greater participation in
    discussion by all students. In the context of both small and large group
    discussion, students will have maximum opportunity to articulate their thinking
    and will continually learn from each other.

    Writing activities will allow student to research, process, reflect on and write on texts, topics and ideas presented in the lectures and seminars.



    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Students will do a range of research and writing tasks. There will be a final essay.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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