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.
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||Professor Lisa Fletcher|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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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 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
|Assessment||Journal (30%)|Critique (10%)|Critique (10%)|Essay (50%)|
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|Required||Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.||Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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