ENGLI201-18A (HAM)

Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques

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School of Arts


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Paper Description

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This paper is an introductory study of specific literary forms. The focus will vary from year to year. In 2018 the paper provides students with an understanding of the genres of utopian and dystopian literature.The texts studied will include both written and visual texts and students will be asked to consider a range of social issues and theories relating to utopian and dystopian thought including: politics, ethnicity, the environment, theology, ethics, technology, gender relations, class dynamics.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through face-to-face lectures and tutorials. There are two lectures each week, each of 50 minutes duration. Students will also attend one tutorial per week (also of 50 minutes duration). Tutorial groups will be organised as soon as possible after the first lecture via Moodle and will begin in the second week of classes. The lecture and tutors will arrange for film screenings of the visual texts studied in this course. All course information, assessment information, lecture slides, and links to useful resources will be available through Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the goals and intent of utopian and dystopian writing as literary genres
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  • Understand and discuss how utopian and dystopian ideas are communicated through specific tropes and techniques
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  • Understand and discuss the evolution of utopian and dystopian writing
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  • Discuss and analyse a literary genre across multiple mediums (novel, film, short-story)
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  • Approach texts from critical perspectives
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  • Read critically, think analytically, write lucidly, and present material clearly and persuasively
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Students are expected to complete all assessment modules for the completion of this paper.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Annotated Bibliography
16 Mar 2018
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Creative Writing/Blog
4 May 2018
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Final Essay
8 Jun 2018
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Seminar
  • In Class: In Tutorial
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Anchor)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (Harper)

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin)

Short Stories (available in the course reader and through the reading list):

Short stories by E.M. Forster, Kurt Vonnegut, and Ursula LeGuin

Films (Will be screened on campus):

Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (2006)

WALL-E, directed by Andrew Stanton (2008)

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Recommended Readings

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For all relevant primary and secondary reading materials, see Waikato Reading List for paper ENGLI201-18A via the Library.
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, tutorial exercises, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site. You may want to print out lecture presentations and bring them to the lecture so that you don’t have to spend so much time writing things down.
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The expected workload for this paper is 9 hours per week (3 hours of teaching and 6 hours of self-directed study) throughout the 17 week semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ENGL204, ENGL220

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