ENG3326 - Ethics, Popular Cultures and American Literature

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to provide an investigation of contemporary America, particularly notions of ethics and popular cultures. It aims at introducing the debates arising from modern and postmodern American society, including desire and consumption, greed and categorical imperative, madness and civilisation, and sexual politics and cultural warfare. Students will be invited to apply approaches to the analysis of literature they have learned from other English modules to analyse the selected works. Those who are interested may also analyse these texts from the perspective of discourse analysis. Discussions in class will look into the historical and cultural contexts for the texts and what they reflect about America. By the end of the module, students will gain a deeper sense of cultural literacy in regard to the US and they can be better prepared for future careers in which they interact with Americans and their cultures.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. show an understanding of American popular cultures of modern and postmodern times;

  2. engage in language of film and issues of American motion pictures;

  3. demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of American theatre and histrionics;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of literary study context.