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ENL4012 Transforming Classics

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Chris Lee
Moderator: Lawrence Johnson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BAHN or MSTA

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course facilitates the development of advanced critical skills in textual and contextual analysis and prompts methodological reflection upon the nature of literary distinction and the circulation of cultural capital through different cultural forms.


The aim of this course is to study the reasons for the survival of classic texts and their transformation from literature to cinema. It compares and contrasts texts from different periods, and the changes over time of their meanings and media. It compares and contrasts films with novels and play texts.


On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. have an understanding of the nature of classic or canonical texts;
  2. be able to critically analyse the set texts in their transformation from past to present, from novel or play to film;
  3. be competent in articulating these objectives in written modes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Shakespeare 20.00
2. Austen 20.00
3. Conrad 20.00
4. Tolkien 20.00
5. Ondaatje 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Austen, J 1947, Sense and sensibility, Zodiac Press, London.
  • Austen, J 1981, Sense and sensibility, BBC Worldwide, London.
    (Videorecording, Ang Lee, dir.)
  • Conrad, J 1973, Heart of darkness, Penguin, Harmondsworth, UK.
  • Conrad, J 1979, Apocalypse now, Omni Zoetrope, United States.
    (Videorecording, Coppola, F F dir.)
  • Ondaatje, M 1992, The English patient, Knopf, New York.
  • Ondaatje, M 1996, The English patient, Miramax.
    (Videorecording, Minghella, A dir.)
  • Shakespeare, W 1996, Romeo and Juliet, 20th Century Fox, California.
    (Videorecording, Lurhman, Baz dir.)
  • Shakespeare, W 2009, Romeo and Juliet.
    (Arden edition.)
  • Tolkien, JRR 1991, The fellowship of the ring, Grafton, London.
  • Tolkien, JRR 2002, The lord of the rings: the fellowship of the ring, New Line.
    (Videorecording, Jackson, P dir.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Amis, K 1970, What became of Jane Austen? and other questions, Cape, London.
  • Austen, J 1997, Jane Austen's letters, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Boose, LE (ed) 1997, Shakespeare, the movie: popularizing the plays on film, TV and video, Routledge, London/New York.
  • Brown, JC 1987, Figures in a Wessex landscape: Thomas Hardy's picture of English country life, Allison & Busby, London.
  • Bruster, D 1992, Drama and the market in the age of Shakespeare, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 3.00
Online Discussion Groups 28.00
Private Study 132.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
RESEARCH PAPER - 2000 WORDS 100 20 11 Oct 2013
ONLINE PAPER - 2000 WORDS 100 20 08 Nov 2013 (see note 1)
ONLINE PARTICIPATION 100 30 08 Nov 2013 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION - 2 HOURS 100 30 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. The Online Paper is presented electronically, and a revised written version must be submitted two weeks after the online presentation. The date will be advised after consultation with students.
  2. Online Discussion Group Participation is graded weekly on evidence of preparation and quality of written contribution to on-line discussions.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.