CULT19015 - Explorations in the Gothic

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit students will explore the gothic mode in both contemporary culture as well as in the historical sense. Through study of a range of films, literature, artforms, media and journalism as well as critical commentary, students will be given an opportunity to discuss and debate important issues of sexual identity, the relation between nature and culture, and popular pleasure through transgressive style.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

To view Past Exams, please login
Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Some of the links to resources did not work, or were no longer available.
Recommendation
All links be reviewed in Moodle as part of the pre-term update.
Action Taken
Links were reviewed and corrected as required.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
The assessment topics were too broad.
Recommendation
Assessment topics to be reviewed and rewritten as necessary.
Action Taken
Assessment topics were reviewed and rewritten for the current term.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
There is A LOT of reading in this unit. I think it would be better if the study guide was also recorded as a weekly lecture.
Recommendation
Record video lectures to accompany weekly PowerPoint presentations that are provided in the unit to deliver study content to cater to different learning styles, and reduce reading burden.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Self-evaluation
Feedback
Students reported the extensive reading list (including 9 novels) was difficult to manage over the term. MAV data indicates that the full reading load was not achieved by any of the students in the term. Many students only engaged with the weekly unit chosen for their assessment item.
Recommendation
Recommend providing novel excerpts/readings relevant to the weekly topics from all 9 novels to encourage engagement with the material for each week, then offering the choice to read 3 of the novels in full for the 3 assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
The coordinator answered questions and queries promptly, and all assessments and marks were returned in a fast manner. The feedback and comments given on the assessments were relevant and helpful in terms of completing other assessments throughout the term.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely formative feedback to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
I enjoyed the flexibility in the assessment choices. I think it really helps you to develop your interests and engage in some deeper study in certain areas. Overall an enjoyable course.
Recommendation
Continue to offer flexibility in choices for assessment topics.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the Western Gothic as it has manifested itself across a range of cultural texts including film and literature from its inception in the eighteenth century up to the present.
  2. Discuss the Gothic's transgressive mode, particularly the way in which this problematises questions of gender and sexuality.
  3. Demonstrate further development of your analytical and written communication skills.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment