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Representation (MULT10017)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMULT10017
Semester 2
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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





Non-allowed subjects


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
    CoordinatorSarah Balkin
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTwo 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 commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    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.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 17 June 2019