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ATS2443

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 UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Professor Robin Gerster

Notes

Previously coded COM2140

Synopsis

Cultural practices of travel and the ways these are represented in travel writing and related modes of communication form one of the most compelling fields of contemporary critical inquiry. This unit is designed to place this contemporary engagement within an historical, theoretical and practical perspective. It examines travel practices, attitudes and ideologies in a range of texts, including the popular travel book and the tourist guidebook, fiction, film and journalism. Its scope ranges from ancient pilgrimages through imaginary voyages, utopian fantasies, New World traveller's tales and the imperial quest, to the diverse branches of tourism today, including sex tourism and cyber travel.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a critical sense of the development of the broad field of travel and representation, with knowledge of the diversity of modes and discourses it encompasses
  2. knowledge of the relationship between travel and ideology, especially in specific historical, political and gendered contexts
  3. an informed understanding of contemporary critical and theoretical approaches to travel
  4. critical perspectives on the production and consumption of travel writing and film
  5. a clear historical sense of the changing practices of travel and tourism.

Students enrolled at a third-year level will be expected to demonstrate a greater mastery of all of the above than those enrolled at a second-year level.

Assessment

Research Essay (2250 words): 50%
2 Hour exam(1800 words): 40%
Seminar participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

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

Prerequisites

First-year sequence in Communications or other first year sequence as approved by the co-ordinator

Prohibitions

ATS2507/ATS3507