Literature and Film

Description

Literature and Film explores a variety of representations of identity and culture through a range of literary and film texts. The course also examines the role, point of view and responsibility of storytellers in a range of literary genres. There will be particular emphasis on the art and language of narratives as they draw upon individual and collective memory, myth and the imagination in the periods and cultures from which they come. The course is designed to enable students to develop the skills of critical thinking, literary and film analysis and academic essay writing necessary for university study. Approaches to topics will be varied to suit a diversity of learning styles.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. A sound knowledge of the structures and techniques used in various forms of literature and film

2. A sound knowledge of the terminology used in the analysis of literature and film, and the ways in which to use it

3. Some understanding of the variety of critical approaches that may be employed in the study of literature and film

4. The ability to develop independent responses to a variety of imaginative texts

5. The ability to work collaboratively in small groups

6. The skills necessary to think critically and respond appropriately in both written and oral forms to a variety of fictional texts

7. The skills necessary to write an academic essay.

Content

The course will focus on representations of identity and different types of environments and social contexts, as well as introducing students to the study of narrative and the role of storytelling through a range of texts in different genres (poetry, drama, novel, graphic novel and film). Students will explore the origins, structure, and significance of stories and understand the importance of narratives in our lives. Students will also be encouraged to think critically about the relationship between imaginative texts and the cultural contexts that produce them. Specifically, students will be encouraged to explore the ways in which imaginative texts generate meaning through story (what is told) and discourse (the manner of their telling).

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Written Assignment: Essay Plan

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Group Oral Presentation

Written Assignment: Reflection Task

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks