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LITR11055 Popular Genres
Popular Genres
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will be introduced to the study of film, TV and other media by examining theories and practices associated with genres including crime and fantasy, and modes of representation such as realism. By learning to apply basic semiotic analysis to selected texts, you will examine the ways in which popular genres both reflect and construct the meaning of contemporary life, and you will explore how these genres both challenge and support normative ideologies as well as model everyday behaviour. This unit functions as an introduction to more advanced studies in literary and cultural studies.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 40%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

The Moodle site was a little unorganised.

Recommendation

Work is underway to make the Moodle site easier to navigate by creating a Learning Activities tab that clarifies the steps to understanding the weekly topic.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

The zoom sessions overlapped with other subjects and I was unable to attend

Recommendation

Unfortunately, there is no perfect time to hold a Zoom session. However, they are recorded and made available to be viewed at any time.

Feedback from Unit Evaluation

Feedback

Need more explanation of how to structure assessment pieces, especially for first year students.

Recommendation

Exemplars and "how to" guides are provided but more resources along these lines are in development.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recognise the defining elements of various popular genres and analyse the significance of these elements in particular texts
  2. Articulate the ways in which popular genres both affirm and subvert the 'norms' of culture, and function as sites of contestation over the meanings, values and ideologies represented within them
  3. Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, research and textual analysis
  4. Show increased confidence and competence in written, oral, on-line and group communication skills using the vocabulary of concepts provided by the unit.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Stephen Butler Unit Coordinator
s.butler@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Popular culture in the context of literary studies

Chapter

See Moodle weekly study modules for recommended readings.

Events and Submissions/Topic

There is a weekly tutorial for internal students.

For distance students there will generally be a weekly Zoom meeting which you are strongly encouraged to join (or watch later if unable to attend).


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Genres & texts: methods and meanings

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Soap Opera: mythologies of community

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Situation Comedy: a formula for transgression


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 1 - Quiz


QUIZ Due: Week 4 Friday (3 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Romance: Identity, gender, sexuality & love 

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Adventure & the superhero film: power and the "other" 

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Fantasy: the magic of desire

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Science fiction: "what if?" means to be human

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 2 - Pitch or Review


PITCH OR REVIEW Due: Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Horror: from the supernatural to the monster within

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Crime & Detection: doing justice to "honour among thieves"

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Popular music and the "band film": soundtrack of a thwarted revolution

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

New Genres: reality TV, social media & the virtual world online

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Item 3 - Essay


ESSAY Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
QUIZ

Task Description

Your task is to undertake the Quiz located in the Moodle Week 4 learning module. There are 20 questions (multiple choice, TRUE or FALSE, etc.), and each question is worth 1 mark. It is an open-book quiz, a test of your understanding of important concepts in the literary studies approach to popular genres. Use of the 'Glossary of key analytical concepts' (Butler 2020) is recommended. 

Weighting: 20% of overall grade


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (3 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

By midnight on Friday of Week 4


Return Date to Students

Week 4 Friday (3 Apr 2020)

As students do the quiz the correct answer will be displayed and their grade assessed.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be evaluated on the extent to which it demonstrates:

  1. The ability to correctly answer the question;
  2. A clear understanding of key literary terms for analysing popular culture;
  3. A recognition of the importance of the repertoire of elements (setting, characters, narrative, iconography, style, stars);
  4. An awareness of the ideological significance of popular texts;
  5. The ability to use the Moodle interface to complete the quiz; 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise the defining elements of various popular genres and analyse the significance of these elements in particular texts
  • Articulate the ways in which popular genres both affirm and subvert the 'norms' of culture, and function as sites of contestation over the meanings, values and ideologies represented within them
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, research and textual analysis
  • Show increased confidence and competence in written, oral, on-line and group communication skills using the vocabulary of concepts provided by the unit.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
PITCH OR REVIEW

Task Description

In this assignment you may choose between a "creative" project or a "critical" one. You may either "pitch" a new idea for a film (TV show, game, etc.) OR write a "review" of a recently released popular text. Either way, demonstrating understanding of the repertoire of elements is crucial.


The pitch is an exercise in persuasion, and the proposed film/TV show must incorporate elements from several genres rather than be a straight romance or horror film (this is too easy). The document should include a title, promotional tagline, an outline of the basic scenario, and a discussion of themes and issues in terms of the repertoire of elements. Pictures with captions and text are encouraged. You may want to create "memes" or make a YouTube style 'trailer preview'. You may be as creative as you like with the 'pitch' but bear in mind the point is demonstrate knowledge of how popular texts derive meanings from the selection and arrangement of elements from various genres.

REVIEW

Imagine you are writing a review for a popular magazine or blog called GENRE. A review is an exercise in criticism and evaluation, generally designed for a popular readership, so it requires a less academic style than a scholarly essay. A Google search for "film or movie review" will take you to thousands of different sites, and in my experience, they are all much the same. You have probably read quite a few film reviews yourself. Now it’s time to write one. The only difference between the average film review and this one, is that you must place more emphasis on the film’s setting, characters, plot, iconography, and style and how the combination of various genre elements creates meaning.

GENERAL

Students will submit their pitch or review through Moodle by the end of Week 8, though they may submit earlier. Internal students are invited to present their work to their tutorial group, distance students are encouraged to publish their project in an allocated forum.

NOTE: The use of captioned images is recommended 

Word limit: 1000 words

Weighting: 40% of overall grade


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (8 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020)

Within two weeks


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be evaluated on the following criteria:
  1. Potential for the pitch to be produced or for the review to be published (e.g. its creativity & credibility);
  2. Enthusiasm of the presenters for their project and their creative and/or critical skills;
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the elements of genre, and how meaning is produced through their selection and arrangement in the text;
  4. Demonstrated understanding that popular texts both affirm and subvert ideological norms;
  5. Clarity of expression and appropriate style of presentation (including spelling and grammar); and,
  6. Appropriate acknowledgement of all sources using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise the defining elements of various popular genres and analyse the significance of these elements in particular texts
  • Articulate the ways in which popular genres both affirm and subvert the 'norms' of culture, and function as sites of contestation over the meanings, values and ideologies represented within them
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, research and textual analysis
  • Show increased confidence and competence in written, oral, on-line and group communication skills using the vocabulary of concepts provided by the unit.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
ESSAY

Task Description

For this assignment you are required to write a scholarly essay, developing an argument on the significance of a popular text (or texts) by close reading key scenes in terms of the repertoire of elements and other concepts of analysis. Ideas from secondary sources should be integrated into the discussion. Choose from one of the following options:

  • Choose one or more analytical concepts introduced in the unit (e.g. intertextuality, realism, literary theory, etc.) and develop an argument on the significance of a film or TV show based on a detailed analysis of its genre elements.
  • Choose one of the weekly discussion topics, and develop it into a longer essay. Focus on how a text's representation of social issues conveys ideology through genre conventions.
  • It could be argued that the more a text explicitly conforms to the conventions of its genre, the more it implicitly reinforces society’s dominant ideologies. Conversely, a text that subverts genre conventions tends to be progressive or radical in regard to social norms. Discuss the validity of this theory by comparing and contrasting at least two films and/or TV programs.
  • Diachronic genre analysis reveals the historical process of social meaning whereas synchronic analysis examines the contemporary structure of social meaning. Demonstrate your understanding of these semiotic "ways of seeing" by discussing the intrinsic elements and extrinsic significance of one or more popular texts.
  • Popular texts can be understood as relatively conventional or inventive depending on the selection and arrangement of the repertoire of genre elements. Discuss in terms of one or more popular texts.
  • Word limit: 1500 words

Weight: 40% of overall grade


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 June 2020)

Assignment returned within two weeks


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

1. A clear recognition and understanding of the defining elements of relevant popular genres, and the ability to analyse the significance of these using recommended literary concepts in particular texts;

2. The ability to construct an argument, synthesize ideas and develop a clear position based on analysis (close reading) of the chosen text;

3. The ability to demonstrate an understanding that popular texts both affirm and subvert ideological norms;

4. Clarity of expression and presentation (including spelling and grammar); and,

5. Effective use of secondary sources and appropriate acknowledgement of all sources using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise the defining elements of various popular genres and analyse the significance of these elements in particular texts
  • Articulate the ways in which popular genres both affirm and subvert the 'norms' of culture, and function as sites of contestation over the meanings, values and ideologies represented within them
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, research and textual analysis
  • Show increased confidence and competence in written, oral, on-line and group communication skills using the vocabulary of concepts provided by the unit.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

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