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ENGL6970: Reading Magazines

2023 unit information

This unit celebrates magazines as an important but often over-looked part of Australian literary, print and digital culture. Starting with an overview of the history of print culture in Australia and the role of iconic magazines like The Bulletin and Australian Women's Weekly in constructing literary and popular culture, we then examine a cross-section of publications from 'little' literary magazines to fashion, gossip, sports, special-interest, 'indie', custom and online magazines. We interrogate what a magazine might be in a hyper-fragmented market where digital disruption and changes to shopping and reading practices mean that content is delivered across a range of platforms.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Media and Communications

Code ENGL6970
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understanding of the history of print culture in Australia
  • LO2. articulate how magazines constitute an important part of Australian literary and popular culture
  • LO3. construct a critical and rhetorical analysis of a (magazine) text and how it is constructed to appeal to a particular audience
  • LO4. communicate arguments and ideas about print and digital culture effectively and articulately both in writing and verbally
  • LO5. demonstrate skills in research through the competent use of the library and electronic resources that are particular to the study of Australian magazines
  • LO6. understanding of the relationship between book and magazine culture in Australia and its diversification into the digital realm
  • LO7. develop and/or improve skills in digital literacy and the construction of knowledge in a networked society
  • LO8. develop and/or improve skills working with others in a productive, open, and culturally appropriate manner

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive April 2021
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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