Courses & Units

Popular Genres HEN211

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Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2021. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.

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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 HEN211
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Professor Lisa Fletcher
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

Teaching

AssessmentJournal (30%)|Critique (10%)|Critique (10%)|Essay (50%)
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Textbooks

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