|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Humans grapple with representations of themselves and their contexts. They also like to imagine other possible worlds. We use words, language, images, sounds and movement to construct narratives and stories, large and small, about the trivial and the profound, the past and the future. These representations can help us to understand worlds but they can also create worlds for us. This subject explores how different genres such as speech, writing, translation, film, theatre and art generate representations of social life, imagination and the human condition. A key aim of the subject is to develop a critical appreciation of how language, images and embodied gestures are used to construct empowering and disempowering discourses.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of the subject students should have:
- an enhanced understanding of representation as a defining feature of human social and cultural life;
- learnt to analyse the genres of representation including speech, writing, translation, film, theatre and art;
- a crtical understanding of the way gender roles and racial and ethnic identities are represented in different cultures and different genres;
- a good basic understanding of how representation creates symbolic worlds;
- an understanding of the different expressive possibilities of verbal and visual texts, and of multimedia texts such as film and theatre.
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- be able to critically think and analyse through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to research through competent use of the library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;
- be able to engage with the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
- be critically self-aware, open to new ideas and possibilities through learning how to construct an argument;
- be able to communicate knowledge and arguments intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- have the ability to assess the strength of an argument through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
- be able to time manage and plan through managing and organsing workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
A 500 word bibliographic exercise 15% (due in week 5), a 2000 word essay 45% (due in Week 9), a 1500 word take-home exam 40% (due during the examination period). This subject has an attendance hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance (9 out of 12 tutorials) and 100% skills workshop attendance (3 out of 3 skills workshops). Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Denise Varney Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week; and a 2-hour skills workshop in each of weeks 1, 2 and 3 OR 4, 5 and 6 OR 7, 8 and 9. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Dr Mark Nicholls
Time commitment details
Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.
A subject reader will be available.
Students may be asked to purchase texts for this subject and will be advised of the book list prior to the commencement of the subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation Arts Foundation Subjects
- Available to Study Abroad and Exchange students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad.