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Area of Study - BELONGING

2014 HSC overview

Julie Bain

on 10 October 2013

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Area of Study 2014 - Belonging
Area of Study
Perceptions and ideas of belonging, or of not belonging, vary. These perceptions are shaped within personal, cultural, historical and social contexts. A sense of belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. Within this Area of Study, you may consider aspects of belonging in terms of experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.
You will need to find and analyse supplementary material in order to support your understanding of the AOS
Newspaper articles
Editorial cartoons
Song lyrics
Short stories
Historical documents
Short films

Other requirements

You'll be required to develop skills in writing fiction which demonstrates your ability to appropriate elements of belonging
Reliable on-line resources

'One People, With One Destiny'

For the first time in history, we have a nation for a continent, and a continent for a nation.

Edmund Barton, later the first Prime Minister of Australia, at a meeting in Ashfield, New South Wales, 1893, in R R Garran, Prosper the Commonwealth, Sydney, 1958
Analysis of texts
Area of Study demands that you understand the concept, know your prescribed text, as well as a number of related texts. This is a concept study.

Prescribed Text:
GAITA, Raimond, Romulus, My Father, Text Publishing, 1999 or 2007 (Non Fiction)
What to look for in texts
How language constructs a sense of belonging

You will be required to read/view/listen to a diverse range of texts and identify the ways the concept of belonging is represented through voice, grammatical construction, visual representations. The type of analysis you use will demonstrate your knowledge of English so if you're analysing literary texts use the language appropriate i.e. metaphor etc. If you're analysing visual texts used the grammar of visual analysis i.e. salience, gaze etc.

Gaita's memoir is based on the moving story of his parents' harsh lives as post-WWII refugees in rural Australia - the book begins with a disruption of belonging
The text is a memoir '...characterised by moments of witness'
The text explores the 'vexed and shifting terrain of national belonging' and 'the relation between individual self-hood and those of community and national belonging'.
Central to these issues in Gaita's memoir is the relation between the parent and the child
Raimond is called upon to understand and care for his parents in their respective mental illnesses.
Belonging is fundamental to the development of identity and the self, '...not simply within the family, then, but rather within the particular relations between children and parents, and further, between one's own childhood and maturity.'
About the Author
Raimond Gaita is professor of moral philosophy at King’s College, University of London and foundation professor of philosophy at the Australian Catholic University.
People have a sense of belonging to a group (to a family, church, neighborhood, tow, nation and so on) when they can identify with that group in what that enables them to say that 'we' did this or that, even though they may not have done or even taken part in the events they refer to. In some of my writing, especially those concerned with nationhood and the idea of collective responsibility, I have called the use of that 'we' "an expression of fellowship" distinguishing it from a 'we' that merely records that one belongs with others to a particular group.

Raimond Gaita on Romulus, My Father and Belonging. Interviewed by Mel Dixon, Loreto Kirribili in mETAphor, Issue 1, 2009
Issue 43, December 2007, Australian Humanities Review. 'Truth, writing and national belonging in Romulus, My Father by Brigitta Olubas
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