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ACT102 - Criticism, Narrative and Contexts

Offering information:

Not offered 2013, re-offered 2014 subject to approval.

Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:S Redmond




Incompatible with: ACT202, ACH203
Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The unit will enable students to develop an understanding of contemporary modes of analysis and criticism with emphasis on the generic narrative conventions in visual, media and performance texts, the implications for design and production, the cognitive strategies demanded of audiences, and the nature of the interaction between audiences and texts. Students will explore the strengths and limitations of a range of critical frameworks and shifts, for example, from positivist and formalist theories to structuralist, poststructuralist, feminist and postmodernist perspectives, with detailed analysis and examination of a wide range of visual, media and performative texts and their audiences.


Mixed media narrative exercise:  30%
Essay/report: reading narrative in a public context 30% (1,500 words)

Research/critical analysis essay 40% (2,000 words)

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