2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.
Last updated: 5 October 2020
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Trimester 2: 1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week
Trimester 3: 1 x 1-hour cloud class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar (face to face on campus) per week
Trimester 2 and 3: Online independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided), 2-hour online seminar per week equivalent
*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery
This unit invites students to analyse popular genres such as horror, crime, autobiography, science fiction, and romance. Storytelling is a fundamental means through which humans make sense of the world, and genres provide common templates for story-telling and meaning-making. This unit will investigate the origins of genres and their revision across time, highlighting how genre stories are involved in cultural struggles over meaning. The unit will take a historical and comparative approach, but it will also introduce students to relevant interdisciplinary fields such as gender studies and media studies. Encompassing novels, films, poetry, comics, and interactive digital narratives, set texts include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s and Valentine de Landro’s Bitch Planet, and The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home. Students will write their own piece of genre fiction, as well as undertaking a multimedia presentation and a critical essay exploring genre and its revisions.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL102 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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