- Class Number 2663
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Russell Smith
- Dr Russell Smith
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Why do research? What is 'good' research?|
|2||What is a thesis? Past thesis evaluation Planning for library research|
|3||Finding and evaluating sources for your thesis Constructing an annotated bibliography|
|5||Reading and analysing secondary sources||Post a draft annotated bibliography Post comments on two students’ annotated bibliographies using the marking rubric|
|6||Effective oral presentation skills Presentation and Q&A with former Honours student||Annotated bibliography due 4 April|
|7||Drafting an introduction Structuring a thesis chapter||Post a ‘map’ of one of the thesis chapters you have read|
|8||Student presentations Part 1 Developing a theoretical approach||Post a brief outline of your thesis chapters and their main subheadings|
|9||Student presentations Part 2 Peer review of the introduction to your essay||Post the introduction to your essay Post a paragraph of comments on introductions written by two other students|
|10||Student presentations Part 3 Peer review of essay structure and argumentation||Post an outline of the structure of your essay, including 5-10 topic sentences Post a paragraph of comments on outlines written by two other students|
|11||Student presentations Part 4 Draft essay review Course evaluation||Post a draft of your major essay Post at least half a page of comments on two students’ draft essays|
|12||Individual consultations on draft essays||Essay due 9 June|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Annotated Bibliography||20 %||1,2|
|Oral Presentation||10 %||1,2,3,4|
|Forum Posts||10 %||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Details: 1000 words
Details of task
Present an annotated bibliography of work-in-progress research towards your thesis. You bibliography should include:
1. A sorting of your references into a series of sub-bibliographies, categorised both thematically and functionally (that is, in terms of the kind of work they do for your research project: overview or comprehensive? Primary or secondary texts? Theoretical/methodological? Background/broad context?)
2. Preliminary annotations on key references that you sense will be central to your project as it develops.
3. Notes on further work to be done in terms of:
a. Finding material
b. Assessing material
c. Taking summary or detailed notes
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
10 minute presentation Value: 10%
Due date: Rolling deadline
Details of task
Present a brief overview of your thesis topic, which should include:
1. A quick introduction to the broader research field;
2. An explanation of the specific problem/research question you aim to address;
3. An outline of the proposed structure of your thesis;
4. A brief summary of work completed so far, any anticipated problems or difficulties, and how you aim to deal with them.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details: 5000 words
Details of task
This essay should be a free-standing extract from your thesis-in-progress. It could be your introduction, or a chapter on one of your primary texts. Where necessary, include a brief contextualising statement to orient your reader.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Due dates: see wattle
Details of task
Students submit a series of posts to the ‘seminar forum’. These include drafts, peer review comments and tasks to help you to develop your thesis chapter or introduction. Forum posts will not be rated. The mark is calculated from the number of posts that you submit before the deadline. If you submit all forum posts, you will receive 100%. Forum posts will not be counted if they are late (unless you have a medical certificate) and will not be accepted via email.
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Modernist Literature, Literary Theory
Dr Russell Smith