LITR19051 - Literary Theory

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit examines a number of contemporary theoretical issues in the context of the history of literary theory. It offers students an opportunity to explore how different critical perspectives and reading practices, such as Leavisitism, New Criticism, Marxism, Feminism, Structuralism and Poststructuralism, have contributed to the development of contemporary problematisations of theoretical issues such as representation, race, gender, discourse, narrative, metafiction, ideology, ethnicity, class and value.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
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
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 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 20%
2. Written Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.91% 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
'I really enjoyed the topics in this unit. It was challenging however it was still interesting and engaging.'
Recommendation
Look for opportunities to provide further student support and engagement.
Action Taken
Support and engagement provided
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'The best aspect of the course is having access to a lot of resources and materials to not only help you learn, but provide interesting secondary information, so I was able to find out quite a lot about the subjects that interested me the most.'
Recommendation
Continue to provide a broad range of resources.
Action Taken
Resources updated
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'Assessment tasks are appropriate. I particularly liked how the bibliography and essay are focused on the same topic of choice, it really enables you to understand those couple of theories (better than having a vague idea of all of them).'
Recommendation
Continue with the linked annotated bibliography and essay assignments.
Action Taken
These assessments remain in place and viable
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'The content of this unit was interesting and comprehensive, and organised well to explain and cover the ideas behind literary theory. '
Recommendation
Continue to provide appropriate breadth and depth of unit content.
Action Taken
Depth and breadth of unit content carefully managed to ensure good learning outcomes
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'The course coordinator was extremely helpful, and responded to questions and queries in a fast, clear manner.'
Recommendation
Continue to respond to student contact in a timely manner.
Action Taken
Contact with students is timely, generally immediate or within 24 hours
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'I found the feedback most informative and helpful on what I had done correctly and what I needed to improve on.'
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed feedback.
Action Taken
Detailed feedback provided
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
'The online lectures didn't always cover all the weekly content and only part of the slides. In some weeks some parts of the slides and lectures' didn't match the weekly content.'
Recommendation
Update the weekly lectures.
Action Taken
Weekly lectures updated through Zoom
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I feel that the provision of exemplars would have helped me to understand the requirements of the assessment tasks better.
Recommendation
Although extensive advice is provided on how to construct each assessment, exemplars will be provided in 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Although the lectures contain a lot of valuable information, they are a bit dated and the lecture notes no longer correspond.
Recommendation
The lectures and other resources will all be updated in 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Unit was well-organised. Content and assessment tasks all worked cohesively in a way that I think helped maximise learning and understanding. A great range of relevant resources (readings) were provided.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will ensure that the unit continues to interest and challenge serious students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate sound historical knowledge of the key contemporary theoretical ideas and concepts relevant to literary and cultural studies, as well as an elementary understanding of contemporary theories that both affirm and contest these assumptions;
  2. Recognise key theorists and texts in criticism and theory;
  3. Identify, analyse and assess significant critical debates surrounding relevant ideas and concepts, as well as theoretical problems associated with how texts make meaning;
  4. Reflect on positions taken by various theorists, and to understand some of their social, ethical and political implications; and,
  5. Show developed research, interpretative, argumentation and communication skills.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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