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ENGL733 – Textual Analysis

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Louise D'Arcens
Contact via louise.darcens@mq.edu.au
Hearing Hub, Level 2
By appointment
Alys Moody
Contact via alys.moody@mq.edu.au
Hearing Hub, Level 2
By appointment
Alys Moody
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit will explore the development and practice of textual analysis, ranging from ideas of the canon and interdisciplinarity in literary reception and interpretation, to formal, linguistic, cultural and cognitive approaches to textual meaning making. This unit will provide a suitable grounding in research and conceptual framing for students undertaking advanced studies in English and writing. Students will be introduced to, and encouraged to practice, a range of different types of textual analysis on a small group of renowned recent novels.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  2. B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  3. C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  4. D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  5. E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  6. F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  7. G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Minor essay/presentation 30% Yes essay due week after pres
Research essay 50% Yes November 10, 2017
seminar participation 20% Yes Each week of session

Minor essay/presentation

Due: essay due week after pres
Weighting: 30%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Details in Unit handbook and on iLearn site


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments

Research essay

Due: November 10, 2017
Weighting: 50%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Details in Unit handbook and on iLearn site


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

seminar participation

Due: Each week of session
Weighting: 20%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Details in Unit handbook and on iLearn site


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Delivery and Resources

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Students must consult the unit's iLearn site for details of required and recommended texts.

Students are expected to attend one 2-hour seminar per week (see the schedule and explanation on the iLearn site). 

For further details, see the details on iLearn.

Please note that seminars start in Week 1.

Unit Schedule

Seminar schedule is available in ENGL733 Unit handbook and on iLearn site. 

Please note that seminars commence in Week 1.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Minor essay/presentation
  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Minor essay/presentation
  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Minor essay/presentation
  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Minor essay/presentation
  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • A. Develop analytical and research skills that enable confident oral and written engagement with a range of debates in textual studies
  • B. Build a foundation of research skills to prepare for further study
  • C. Undertake accomplished close reading of a range of texts, and develop a strong critical understanding of the value of close reading for building evidence in analytical arguments
  • D. Understand the relationship between the primary texts and their historical, intertextual, and ideological contexts, and the value of this relationship
  • E. Engage in confident and appropriate application of relevant theoretical concepts and interpretative frameworks to the primary texts studied, and understand the intellectual, ethical, and ideological implications of applying these concepts and frameworks
  • F. Ability to engage in informed critical discussion in oral form with peers and teachers, accommodate others’ points of view
  • G. Ability to apply understanding of analytical methods to literary study and beyond to other situations

Assessment tasks

  • Minor essay/presentation
  • Research essay
  • seminar participation

Changes from Previous Offering

This is a new Unit.