This unit offers students the opportunity to think critically about some of the most popular texts in Western culture. What makes a bestseller? What are the defining features of major popular genres and how have they changed over time? What roles do genre texts play in contemporary culture? To address these questions, students in this unit will examine a variety of popular genres and subgenres that may range from now canonical fantasy novels to the latest trends in paranormal romance, from classic tales of treasure islands and lost worlds to mind-bending adventures in alternative realities. The assessment tasks in this unit focus on: developing effective study skills for generating persuasive arguments in English studies; conducting research in order to develop and strengthen arguments; and refining communication skills through discussion with peers and formal academic writing.
|Unit name||Popular Genres|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
On Campus: Five contact hours fortnightly (13 weeks); Off Campus: On-line participation
Tutorial Participation and Exercises/Online Participation and Exercises (20%); Reading Journal (30%); Research Essay (50%)
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