Unit 1: Semester 1

This unit requires students to examine the ways in which the relationship between a text and the reader creates meaning. Students will be required to analyse the language and literary features of a range of texts in order to develop appropriate responses to different literary forms and styles. The coursework for this unit will require students to respond to the ideas and concerns put forward in various texts in order to gain an understanding of the ways in which texts function as representations of the human experience. Students will develop a familiarity with key terms and concepts that will equip them for further studies in literature, while also developing an awareness of the ways a reader’s own views and values may influence the interpretation of a text.

1. Reading practices (30%)
2. Ideas and concerns in texts (30%)
3. Examination (40%)

Unit 2: Semester 2

In this unit, students will explore the relationships between the text, readers and their social and cultural contexts. They will examine the ways in which their own culture, coupled with the cultures represented in the text can influence an individual’s interpretation of the literary work. In their study of various texts, students will also be required to show an understanding of the relationship that exists between authors, their audience and the context of a text. This will be done through the comparison and contrast of texts from different cultures and time periods and a close examination of the ideas, language and structure of a broad range of literary works. Students will be required to produce analytical responses which make appropriate use of specific textual detail and creative responses which are informed and shaped by close analysis of the texts on which they are based.

1. The text, the reader and their contexts (30%)
2. Exploring connections between texts (30%)
3. Examination (40%)

Unit 3: Semester 1

In this unit students consider how the form of a text affects meaning. They investigate ways writers adapt and transform texts and how meaning is affected as texts are adapted and transformed. They consider how the perspectives of those adapting texts may inform or influence the adaptations. Students draw on their study of adaptations and transformations to develop creative responses to texts. Students develop their skills in communicating ideas in both written and oral forms. Students complete two Areas of Study: Creative Response to texts and Form and Transformation. In Form and Transformation students focus on how the form of text contributes to the meaning of the text. Students develop an understanding of the conventions of particular text types and reflect upon how a change of a text’s form affects meaning. In writing Creative Response to texts student focus on the imaginative techniques used for creating and re-creating a literary work. They learn how writers develop images of people and places, and they develop an understanding of language, voice, form and structure. In creating their own responses students develop an understanding of the concerns, attitudes and perspectives of the texts.

Unit 4: Semester 2

In this unit students develop critical and analytical responses to texts. They consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the ideas explored in the texts, the style of the language and points of view. They investigate literary criticism informing both the reading and writing of texts. Students develop an informed and sustained interpretation supported by close textual analysis. For the purposes of this unit, literary criticism is characterised by extended, informed and substantiated views on texts and may include reviews, peer-reviewed articles and transcripts of speeches. The literary criticism selected must reflect different perspectives, assumptions and ideas about the views and values of the text/s studied. Students complete two Areas of Study: Literary perspectives and Close analysis. Through a study of Literary perspectives students focus on how different readings of a text may reflect the views and values of both writer and reader. Through close attention to literary criticism that reflects different perspectives, students develop their own response to a text. The second area of study in this unit is Close analysis. Here students focus on a detailed scrutiny of the language, style, concerns and constructions of texts. They develop their interpretations using detailed reference to the text, logical sequencing of ideas and persuasive techniques.

1. Coursework – Unit 3 (25%)
2. Coursework – Unit 4 (25%)
3. Examination (50%)