ALL255 - Fantasy Literature
2023 unit information
|Enrolment modes:||Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online|
|Unit Chair:||Trimester 2: Geoff Boucher|
Students must have completed one level 1 unit in English - Literature, English - Children's Literature or English - Creative Writing
|Typical study commitment:|
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
|Scheduled learning activities - campus:|
1 x 1 hour class (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week
|Scheduled learning activities - online:|
Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week
This unit examines fantasy literature through a study of contemporary texts. It aims to bring together adult and children's fantasy to explore how these two genres operate. It introduces students to popular and successful fantasy works as well as the scholarly and media responses to these texts. Students will develop approaches to fantasy literature based on thinking through how it communicates, what it communicates about, and how it relates to its context. The unit then challenges students to take off the training wheels, by exploring a variety of fantasy works that do not already have a body of criticism surrounding them. Students will learn to read fantasy texts through theoretically informed frameworks that are developed through dialogue in the unit and to think critically about the importance of the fantastic in literature.
|ULO||These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can:||Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes|
Apply knowledge of literary history, literary language, and critical and creative approaches to a range of fantasy literatures
|GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities|
Communicate effectively using major literary critical and theoretical ideas, in argumentative essay writing
Critical analyse texts and discourses with the relevant research
GLO4: Critical thinking
Investigate and analyse fantasy literature in order to understand how literary texts can represent new understandings of cultural histories and modes of being
GLO5: Problem solving
Identify, evaluate and synthesise digital information from critical and creative sources beyond university databases, in the analysis of fantasy literature
GLO3: Digital literacy
Develop and implement a systematic personal plan for the identification of relevant evidence, the synthesis of theoretical ideas and the writing up of the results, using a series of project milestones
|Assessment Description||Student output||Grading and weighting |
(% total mark for unit)
|Indicative due week|
|Assessment 1 - Critical Essay||2000 words||50%||Week 6|
|Assessment 2 - Interpretive Essay||2000 words||50%||Week 11|
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALL255
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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