ENGLI201-21A (HAM)

Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques

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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 2021 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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ENGLI201-21A Genre Studies: Tropes and Techniques will be taught in FLEXI mode, enabling both students who are on campus and students who are learning online to participate and engage.

Lectures will be taught face-to-face. All lectures will also be recorded on Panopto and available for students to view at a time of their choosing.

The tutorials for those on campus will be face-to-face. There will also be an online Zoom tutorial option for those not able to be on campus.

Students' learning will be supported by online Moodle learning platforms, and all written assessment will be submitted through Moodle. All course information, digital versions of written texts, links to films studied, 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 paper 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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Assessment

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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. Close Reading Assignment
22 Mar 2021
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Creative Writing/Blog
5 May 2021
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Final Essay
9 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Discussion Starter
10
  • In Class: In Tutorial
5. Lesson on Brave New World
19 Mar 2021
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Lesson on 1984
29 Mar 2021
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Lesson on American Short Stories
12 Apr 2021
11:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Lesson on The Handmaid's Tale
17 May 2021
11:30 PM
5
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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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Novels:

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Anchor)

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (Harper)

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin)

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

Short stories by Royeka Sakhawat Hossain, E.M. Forster, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, Octavia Butler, and Ursula Le Guin

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 ENGLI201-21A via the Library. The Moodle page for this paper also has links to a range of useful scholarly material.

If you are passionate about Young Adult dystopias, you might like to engage with Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy or watch the series of film adaptations of the novels.

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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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Workload

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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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Restricted papers: ENGL204, ENGL220

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