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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Matthew Ryan

Synopsis

This unit is designed to introduce students to some of those key contemporary ideas about cultural, literary and philosophical issues which are now generally brought together under the heading 'critical theory.' It aims to present an overview of leading figures within twentieth-century critical theory including Theodor Adorno, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault and Julia Kristeva. The unit will also encourage students to discuss the issues that these thinkers raise. Each class will focus in detail on a specific essay by one of the authors mentioned.

Assessment

Two essays (2250 words each): 100%, the second of which will be written under examination conditions

Chief examiner(s)

Matthew Ryan

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Comparative literature and cultural studies
Communications

Prerequisites

A first year sequence in English or Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies