LITR19049 - Romantic and Contemporary Poetry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Poetry, as they say, is a many splendid thing: the art of the unsayable, an outlet for expressing innermost thoughts and feelings, a special use of language and poetic forms such as metaphor and metonymy, a certain kind of discourse, an aesthetic practice, a form of knowing that sits outside conventional epistemologies - the list goes on. Poetry has had a significant influence on contemporary intellectual thought: Freud, for example, repeatedly acknowledged that the poets preceded him in all his thoughts. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the plethora of poets and poetic forms represented in the Romantic and Contemporary eras, to show them a form of advanced poetics that will inform their reading practices, and to introduce the sorts of challenges to modern poetic orthodoxies represented by recent developments in post-structuralist literary theory. Students will also explore the main influences poetry has had on contemporary thought.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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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 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 15% 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 feedback
Feedback
Zoom/lecture recording quality
Recommendation
Seek advice on improving quality of recordings.
Action Taken
It is recommended a full CQURefresh with new lectures be undertaken for this unit.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Checkbox function was not turned on for all activities
Recommendation
Investigate using checkbox function for all activities
Action Taken
It is recommended a full CQURefresh with activity completing be undertaken for this unit.
Source: Student feedback/self-assessment
Feedback
Much of the feedback still relates to the workload for the weekly poetry journals, with students overall finding these difficult to manage along with other assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Consider the following options: 1) Reduce number of journals but increase word count allowing a greater depth of research for each entry. 2) Investigate if the weekly blog posts can be marked directly. Marking them throughout the term would encourage students to complete them more regularly, and negate the need for them to be collated into another document at the end (which they see as a double-up).
Action Taken
Number of journals required was reduced from 8 to 6 based on Volume of Learning advice from L&T.
Source: Have your Say Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students appear to be less satisfied with the learning resources provided.
Recommendation
It is recommended that this unit undergo enhancements with the use of more interactive technology to improve the engagement with learning resources. Reflections could include more consideration of learning and future use to be more relevant.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students report excellent feedback and relevant resources.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely and relevant feedback and resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse selected poems from the Romantic and contemporary eras using advanced poetics.
  2. Identify and evaluate ideas that both affirm and contest orthodox canonic views of poetry, such as the transparency of language, the fixity of meaning, the unity of the self, and non-ideological access to universal truth, within the framework of modern poetry.
  3. Communicate research outcomes and cogent arguments with advanced oral 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
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