Literature and Film

Course code EPHUMA306Units 20English Language & Foundation Studies Centre

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will develop:
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.
ContentThe 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).
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay Plan: Detailed plan of major essay.
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Essay: Presentation of coherent argument in appropriate academic form on one literary genre.
Essays / Written AssignmentsReflection Task: Brief individual reflection on the group presentation.
Examination: FormalFinal examination: Assesses overall proficiency in this course. To be held during the University examination period.
Presentations - GroupGroup Oral Presentation: The purpose of this exercise is to encourage students to cooperate in a group in researching material and delivering it to the class.
Quiz - On-lineOnline Quizzes: A series of short online quizzes based on each of the set texts.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 5 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EPHUMA306