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Week 1: Introduction to Texts and Traditions

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Anne Jamison

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Welcome to Texts and Traditions
Spring 2013

Unit Assessment
Assessment 1
Unit vUWS Site
vUWS (pronounced 'views') = the university's e-learning system
Lecture Review
Lectures Online through vUWS
Unit Content and Theme
Bachelor of Arts: Year 1 Core Units
Australia and the World
Analytical Reading and Writing
Texts and Traditions
Contemporary Society
‘Oedipus and the Sphinx’ by François-Xavier Fabre (ca. 1806-08)
‘Know yourself, Oedipus. You denounce me, but you do not know yourself.’
Sophocles, 'Oedipus Tyrannus' (430 BC)

Texts and Traditions is a level 1 core unit for all the Bachelor of Arts programs. It is designed to provide students with an overview of the Western tradition in terms of philosophy and literature, with an emphasis on reading significant primary texts from that tradition. The unit is
multi-disciplinary in content
, and is also taught by a
cross-disciplinary team of staff
, and will thus explore a range of critical approaches: literary, philosophical, cultural, historical, and theological. The unit examines texts from a variety of historical periods, beginning with Ancient Greece, and moving through the Renaissance and Romantic eras, and finally concluding in the early twentieth century. Attention to different genres of writing, and their socio-cultural significance, also form part of the unit’s focus, and students will study an array of textual styles and genres, including novels, essays, philosophical dialogues, and drama. The unit’s primary texts are taught through a thematic lens; for Spring 2013, the theme is
. Within this broad theme, students will be asked to consider issues of individuality and the self, as well as explore topics relating to freedom, creativity, gender, the self, and morality.
430 BC
Ancient History
Middle Ages
Ancient Greece: Sophocles 'Oedipus Tyrannus' (430 BC)
Ancient Greece: Plato 'Euthyphro' (380BC) and 'Crito' (360BC)
Weeks 2 and 3
Weeks 4 and 5
Early Modern History
Modern History
European Renaissance: Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' (1603)
Weeks 6 and 7
European Enlightenment/Early Romanticism: Rousseau's 'Second Discourse' (1755) and 'Reveries of a Solitary Walker' (1782)
Weeks 8 and 10
Late Romanticism/Early Victorian: Shelley's 'Frankenstein' (1818)
Weeks 11 and 12
Modernism: Woolf 'The Mark on the Wall' (1917); 'A Room of One's Own' (1926); and 'A Woman's College from Outside' (1929)
Weeks 13 and 14
Dr. Paul Alberts
Dr. Milad Milani
Dr. Anne Jamison
Unit Coordinators
Weeks 2 and 3: Sophocles

Weeks 4 and 5: Plato
Weeks 6 and 7: Shakespeare

Weeks 13 and 14: Woolf
Weeks 8 and 10: Rousseau

Weeks 11 and 12: Shelley
Liesel Senn
Jessica Gilbey
Joshua Meyer
Chris Fleming
Sarah Nicholson
Tracy Olverson
Michael Symonds
Gavin Smith
Sebastian Byrne
Sarah Klenbort
Susan Barclay
Simon Fleming
Assessment 2
Assessment 3
Portfolio Task 1
Portfolio Task 2
500 words
500 words
End of week 3
End of week 6
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Critical Reflection
Critical Reflection
Research Essay
1500 words
End of week 10
Critical Reflection
Comparison of 2 texts
Coordinated Exam
2 hours
During the coordinated exam period
1 x Critical Reflection
1 x Comparative Essay
Critical books and articles are often useful in stimulating your ideas about the literature on which you are writing;

it is also important to develop some awareness of the ongoing critical debates about the works and literary issues which you are studying;

it is, finally, important to develop your own academic writing skills and understanding of academic conventions of presentation through your reading.
Lecture Presentations on vUWS
= Autonomy
Autos + Nomos
Self + Law
= Self-government
An autonomous individual is one who can act under their own direction; make their own choices and believe they are the authors of their own actions.
personal/individual AND community/nation
subversion of tradition/religion/conventional morality
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