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ATS2412

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCentre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald

Notes

Previously coded CLS2075

Synopsis

This unit will investigate popular fiction in culture and popular culture. What fiction is widely read and seen in our society? What functions do popular texts serve? In what ways do gender and ideology intersect with the genres of popular narratives in books and films? How are national myths produced and circulated? What are the interactions between written fictional narratives and narratives in other media?

Outcomes

At the conclusion of the unit, students should be able:

  1. To discuss and analyse popular fiction critically, using contemporary methodologies.
  2. To explain the relations between culture and the fictions which circulate in it.
  3. To understand, feel comfortable with and be able to articulate the analytical skills, theoretical vocabularies and conceptual apparatuses studied.
  4. To demonstrate a sense of their own personal and cultural reflexivity as they observe and interpret the theories, concepts and texts analysed in the unit.
  5. To write clear, grammatically and syntactically appropriate, independent essays on topics provided or chosen for assessment.

Assessment

One essay (2250 words): 50%
One class project (2250 words equivalent): 50%

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 3 hours tutorials/seminars) per week

Summer semester
The contact hours is 48 hrs over 4 weeks and the format of contact hours is as follows:

Three x 1- hour lecture per week
Three x 1- hour tutorial per week
Three x 2-hour seminar per week

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