Text and Representation

Unit code: ABA1004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


This unit 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 30%
Three entries in a reflective journal, applying curriculum themes to selected readings.
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Essay analysing key texts in the unit.
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
In-class scaffolded group presentation involving the application of analytical and interpretive techniques in response to textual examples.

Required reading

Online resources will be provided via links on the LMS for this unit.

As part of a course

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