Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code ENGL279
Subject Name Exploring Popular Literature
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp including 6cp ENGL
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence ENGL280
Assessment Exam; In class test 30% Essay 35% Journal/ Blog; Reader Response Journal 35%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Summer 2019/2020  (02-12-2019 to 14-02-2020)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Quota 27
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 x 1hr lectures, 2 x 2hr tutorials per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Dion McLeod
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Jon Cockburn
Instance Comment  
Census Date 16-12-2019

Subject Description
This subject focuses on popular texts (including literature, film, and TV), considering their value and appeal. Genres to be examined may include crime fiction, fantasy, the graphic novel, romance, children’s and young adult fiction. Our study will be framed by consideration of relevant debates on such topics as popular culture, audiences, ideology, and fan culture and fan fiction.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand contexts from which popular literature emerges and to which it responds
2. Comprehend critical debates particular to the study of popular literature
3. Have sound knowledge of the rhetorical strategies and structural elements employed in popular literature

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