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|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Coordinator||Doctor Emerald King|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- apply knowledge of the textual, social, and industrial dimensions of twenty-first century book culture to the study of popular texts and genres
- Construct and support scholarly arguments appropriate to the study of popular genres through: a. The critical analysis of selected novels b. Selection, evaluation, and comparison of secondary sources
- Develop and communicate ideas through a. Collaboration and discussion with peers b. Formal academic writing
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
|Assessment||Reflective Statements (10%)|Tutorial Participation (10%)|Reading journal (30%)|Research essay (50%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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