Making Meanings - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Identifying Critique (30%) , Assignment 2 - Performing Critique (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Engage critically with the culture in which you live via a wide variety of written and audio-visual materials, texts and sources. Examine the way common-sense knowledge is constructed and operates in society. Explore the forms and possibilities of critique in the "postmodern digital" age.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate different forms of critique in terms of the extent to which they challenge common sense understandings of the world
  2. analyse the production of knowledge and common sense within specific institutions and relations of power
  3. use critical skills and concepts for the purpose of interpreting a variety of texts, discourses and genres
  4. identify and communicate complex ideas in a variety of formal and informal genres.
  • Assignment 1 — Identifying Critique (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Performing Critique (40%)
  • Quiz 1 (15%)
  • Quiz 2 (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Internet, provide an email address

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Academic and creative critique
2Analysis of critique
5Power structures
6Critical thinking

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Book of Readings

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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