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Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code ENGL278
Subject Name Scrolls Books and Blogs: The History of Books and Readers
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp at 100 level including 6cp ENGL
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence ENGL270
Assessment Exam; Take home 25% Presentation 25% Essay 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Course
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.
Availability Not Available in 2019

Subject Description
This subject introduces the long media history of Western literature. How do changing technologies of reading and writing affect the way we create, interpret, and use texts? Does writing really alter human consciousness and even the structure of the brain? We will cover the shift from orality to literacy; the emergence of print culture and its impact; and the contemporary hybrid formation of print/digital cultures. Students will read a range of literary and non-literary texts, in a range of formats and media, from the last 2500 years, analysing how those texts construct and are constructed by technologies and practices of reading.


Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Understand and deploy a range of different theories about the relationship between oral, literate, print, and digital cultures
2. Analyse and compare specific reading practices in a range of historical periods and across a range of different technologies
3. Describe the historical and cultural impact of the development of print technologies in varying contexts
4. Demonstrate with a case study the cultural power of specific writing technologies and reading practices
5. Analyse contemporary digital and print-based publishing, reading, and research practices in comparative historical context


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