Textual Practices - Capstone Unit - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Online Discussion - Text prep/ online discussion (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as ENG390 Textual Practices - Capstone Unit.

Throughout the early modern, modern and post-modern periods, the literary essay has developed alongside and in dialogue with other major genres of writing - most notably the novel, drama, poetry, literary and cultural criticism. Students will read, critically analyse and write a range of essays across various subject areas - such as literature, art, music, film and politics. However, the critical focus of the unit is on the essay as textual practice: its generic affiliations, stylistic and discursive characteristics, ideological assumptions and agendas and its role and impact within culture in general.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. have gained a broad overview of the range of textual forms constituted by 'the essay' and of discursive and intellectual conjectures between the essay, other major literary genres, and the broader intellectual and cultural contexts of textual production
  2. understand various theoretical approaches to the essay as a literary genre
  3. be able to critically analyse the textual and discursive strategies utilised in the essay form in its various modes of address: for example, as provisional and exploratory prose, as reflective and contemplative writing, as persuasive and often polemical argument, or as detailed and precise description
  4. be able to critically examine the uses of the essay as textual practice with partiular reference to literary, artistic, cultural and ideological issues
  5. demonstrate a highly developed capacity for rigorous and independent thinking and advanced research and communication skills shown through reasoned, well-informed argument in written work and class discussion and participation
  6. be able to synthesise knowledge and skills, critically analyse arguments, compare different points of view and assemble information to develop an independent argument
  7. demonstrate more highly developed textual analysis skills shown through written analyses of and responses to set texts
  8. be aware of the requirements of scholarship, especially in terms of academic honesty demonstrated through the appropriate, accurate and honest use of other scholars' work.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Online Discussion — Text prep/ online discussion (10%)
  • Paper — Seminar (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENG390 — Textual Practices - Capstone Unit

ENGX389 Is a capstone unit that ties all previous English units together and must be the last unit taken for this field of study.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: the essay as genre
2Early essayists
3The eighteenth-century essay
4The nineteenth century essay
5The essay and debates about literature
7Writing a Research Essay
8What is the cultural role of the imagination?
9Imagination and Food Writing
10Imagination and Travel

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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