LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102737

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Description In this unit students explore the application of texts - including works of literature, philosophy and sociology/cultural studies - to our understanding of contemporary debates and challenges in order to develop critical thinking skills. Developing skills in textual analysis, this unit addresses topical issues and social problems so as to consider enduring questions such as 'What is the human?', 'What is the good life?', 'What is meaning and how do we make it?', and 'What is inequality and what should we do about it?'.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects LANG 1026 - Texts and Traditions LANG 1027 - Texts and Traditions (WSTC) LANG 1032 - Thinking Critically about Texts and Society (WSTC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Implement high level skills in textual analysis
  2. Apply various disciplinary approaches to contemporary political, moral and social issues
  3. Recognise and interpret theories of society and social relations
  4. Identify and construct sound and cogent arguments
  5. Express opinions clearly across different spoken and written genres

Subject Content

Through the analysis of a range of texts, this subject will address one or more of the following contemporary social issues
- Work
- Technology
- Consumption
- Environment
It will do so by considering a variety of critical frames, including a combination of the following
- Australia?fs first nations people?fs histories and experiences
- Gender
- Sexuality
- Race
- Class
- Power
- Species

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Participation In-class, throughout semester 10 N Individual
Quiz x 2 Each quiz 15%. 30 N Individual
Report 1,000 words 30 N Individual
Final Exam (Take Home) 2 hours 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Bankstown

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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2022 Semester 2

Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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