Courses & Units

Popular Genres HEN311

Introduction

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.

Summary

Unit name Popular Genres
Unit code HEN311
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator

Lisa Fletcher

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

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Fees

Domestic

Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 091523

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

On Campus:   Five contact hours fortnightly (13 weeks);
Off Campus:   On-line participation

Assessment

Tutorial Participation and Exercises/Online Participation and Exercises (20%); Reading Journal (30%); Research Essay (50%)

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Textbooks

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