- Code ENGL8020
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject English
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Drama, English, Language Studies, Film
This course will build on students’ research skills and knowledge in literary and cultural studies, drama and creative writing, and will equip them with the tools needed to write a well-researched and critically-engaged thesis at honours level and beyond. The course will focus on guiding students through the writing of a portion of their own thesis project. This will involve three elements: 1) locating and evaluating secondary material relevant to their topic; 2) developing a critical framework which is appropriate for the discussion and analysis of their primary text/s (whether poetry, fiction, drama, film, or other cultural texts); and 3) drafting and revising a section of the thesis itself. Through each stage of the process students will exchange their work with their peers for discussion and feedback. The aim of the course is to enable and encourage students to position their work clearly in relation to existing scholarship and critical debates on their topic, and to articulate their own intervention with clarity and persuasiveness.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Conduct bibliographic and/or archival research in the field of literary studies, including drama and creative writing.
- Analyse and critically evaluate primary and secondary material from a range of sources.
- Apply knowledge of appropriate theories and methodologies to primary texts and position this analysis in relation to existing research in the field.
- Outline their research topic and situate their research question or critical approach in relation to existing scholarship in the field.
Indicative Assessment1x Annotated Bibliography, XX WORDS (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1 & 2]
1x 10-minute Oral Presentation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4]
1x 5000 word essay, constituting either a critical review of secondary literature pertaining to the student’s thesis topic, or a critical analysis of one of the student’s primary texts (70%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars, and b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingReading is guided by the student's thesis topic.
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