ENGL 4100 - Honours English Research Essay

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course provides an opportunity to undertake advanced level literary research in the discipline of English. The aim of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore a specialised literary topic of their own choice and to develop high-order research and writing skills appropriate to its study. Topics to be covered may include advance library research methods; key scholarly approaches to the students' area of literary research and the assumptions that inform them; current approaches to the scholarly essay form.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 4100
    Course Honours English Research Essay
    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
    Incompatible ENGL 4002
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program
    Course Description This course provides an opportunity to undertake advanced level literary research in the discipline of English. The aim of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore a specialised literary topic of their own choice and to develop high-order research and writing skills appropriate to its study. Topics to be covered may include advance library research methods; key scholarly approaches to the students' area of literary research and the assumptions that inform them; current approaches to the scholarly essay form.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

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

    2              Katherine Mansfield               selected stories (1920) (in reader)

    9              Henry Handel Richardson      selected stories (1934) (in reader)

    16            Ruth Park                               The Harp in the South (1948)

    23            Randolph Stow                      Tourmaline (1965)

    30 *         James K Baxter                      The Jerusalem Sonnets (1970) (in reader)

    20            Patrick White                         The Twyborn Affair (1979)

    27            Keri Hulme                             The Bone People (1983)

    4              David Malouf                          Remembering Babylon (1993)

    11            Shirley Hazzard                      The Great Fire (2003)

    18            Dir. Daniel Nettheim                The Hunter (2011)

    25            Kim Scott                                That Deadman Dance (2012)

    1              Pasifika poets - selected poems (post 2000) (in reader)

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.Analyse a range of texts in relation to debates in literary studies,gaining deep knowledge in a specific special topic
    2. Develop and use high order research skills in literary studies
    3. Prepare coherently and logically argued written material based on effectiveuse of evidence 
    4. Plan, research, organise and complete a long essay (8,000 words),while sustaining an argument
    5. Prepare and deliver an appropriately pitched thesis paper and facilitategroup discussion
    6. Collaborate effectively with peers in group discussion of texts
    7. Use contemporary technologies relevant to the preparation and completion ofassessment 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)
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. Kindle edition, Virago, 1996.
    Carey, Peter. True History of the Kelly Gang. Kindle edition, Penguin/Random House, 2015 [2000].
    Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep and Other Novels. Kindle edition, Penguin, 1993 [1948].
    Conan Doyle, Arthur. Sherlock Holmes Complete Collection. Kindle edition, Mapleleaf Books, 2013.
    Collins, Wilkie. The Woman in White. Kindle edition, Penguin, 2012 [1861].
    Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Kindle edition, HarperCollins, 2007 [1926].
    Dafoe, Daniel. Defoe on Sheppard and Wild. edited by Richard Holmes, Kindle edition, Harper Perennial, 2004 [1774;1775]
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. translated by Constance Garnett, Kindle edition, Dover 2001.
    Ondaatje, MIchael. Anil’s Ghost. Kindle edition, Vintage, 2000.
    Poe, Edgar Allan. Detective Stories by Edgar Allan Poe. edited by Russell Atwood, Kindle edition, Gideonfell Books, 2010.

    Recommended Resources
    Bradford, Richard. Crime Fiction: A Very Short Introduction. Kindle edition, Oxford University Press, 2015.
    James, P.D. Talking About Detective Fiction. Faber and Faber, 2010.
    Knight, Stephen. Crime Fiction since 1800: Detection, Death, Diversity. 2nd Kindle edition, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
    Priestman, Martin, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction, Kindle edition. Cambridge University Press, 2003.
    Rzepka, Charles J. and Lee Horsley, editor. A Companion to Crime Fiction, Kindle edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
    Scaggs, John. Crime Fiction. Kindle edition, Routledge, 2005.
    Symons, Julian. Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel. 3rd revised edition, Little, Brown & Company, 1993.
    Todorov, Tzvetan. "The Typology of Detective Fiction." The Poetics of Prose, translated by Richard Howard, Blackwell, 1977, pp. 42-52.
    Watson, Colin. Snobbery with Violence: English Crime Stories and Their Audience. Kindle edition, Faber and Faber, 1971.
    Online Learning
    The course will make active use of MyUni to supply resources and to handle assessment submission.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Reading, writing, seminars

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    7,000-8,000 word essay
    Assessment Detail

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    Submission will be via MyUni. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported 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

    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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