This unit (ABA1004) encourages students to critically engage with and analyse a variety of historical and contemporary literary, visual and performance texts. By examining the ways that storytelling and argument generate the meaning in human communications, students will learn to respond to texts in imaginative and critical ways. In developing methodologies for reading and interpreting texts, the unit will especially cultivate students' fluency in analysing the interplay between form and content in those texts. Students will also be introduced to several current theoretical perspectives.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret literal and figurative meaning from fiction and non-fiction texts, using evidence of both form and content.  
  2. Compare and contrast two or more texts for their informative and stylistic properties.  
  3. Identify the ideological agendas of texts, using information within them as well as historical information about them.  
  4. Discuss their interpretations of texts with others, drawing on relevant theory.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Three entries in a personal reflective journal, applying curriculum themes to selected readings (450 words) 15%
Essay Essay analysing key texts in the unit. (750 words) 40%
Presentation In-class scaffolded group presentation involving the application of analytical and interpretive techniques in response to texts from several genres. 45%

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