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124266 KO Critical Media Analysis (2019W)

The Mythical Australian Man: Cultural Scripts in Australian Popular Culture

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 16.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 23.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 30.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 06.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 13.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 27.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 04.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 11.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 08.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 15.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 22.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Wednesday 29.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Australia has often been represented in cultural texts with the “man from the bush” in the foreground. From early depictions of convicts and bushrangers to international blockbusters such as Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max, cultural scripts or myths have developed that depict the Australian man as a practical, physically able, handsome and carefree character at home in the bush. The bush in this myth is empty, ignoring the presence and ownership of the land by Aboriginal people prior to European arrival. Likewise, the bush is home to the Australian despite the nation being one of the most urbanized on the planet. As Roland Barthes wrote in Mythologies (1957), myths are based upon history and participate in the creation of ideology. Students in this class will take part in the practical analysis of the myths, history and ideology that have accompanied the growth of the Australian “man from the bush”. The course will ask what cultural constructions have been made to appear natural and what groups have been marginalized. This course offers tools to analyse film, put into practice key cultural studies concepts as well as the opportunity to develop research methods and essay writing.

Assessment and permitted materials

There will be weekly presentations on the films and cultural texts as well as feedback reports for the other students. Students will write a paper at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Class Discussion - 9%
Weekly Feedback - 15%
Presentation - 25%
Written paper - 51%

Examination topics

Reading list

Provided on moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Last modified: Tu 17.09.2019 10:47