- Code ENGL4020
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Monique Rooney
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2024
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This course will be offered in an intensive format during this period - Monday 17 April to Friday 26 May.
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 Semester 1 iteration of the course will focus on guiding students through the initial research and 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. The Semester 2 iteration of the course will build on the skills developed in Semester 1, continuing to provide a space where students can share, present on, and workshop portions of their thesis across the second half of the honours year. It will help students to collectively troubleshoot elements of their thesis writing; refine their research skills and argumentative structure and their skills at professionally presenting their work. 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.
In 2024 the course will run in both Semester 1 and Semester 2. In Semester 1 it will run as an intensive in weeks 7-12. In S2 it will be taught across the semester.
Upon successful completion, 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; and
- outline their research topic and situate their research question or critical approach in relation to existing scholarship in the field.
In 2024 this course will run in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.
In Semester 1 it will run as an intensive in weeks 7-12.
In S2 it will be taught across the semester.
- Writing task e.g. Annotated Bibliography, Discussion paper (1,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Oral presentation (10-minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Writing task, constituting either a draft chapter or draft introduction from a student’s thesis (3,000-5,000 words) (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact: 24 hours of seminars, and;
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
No prescribed texts
No set readings
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