In this article, we breakdown Module C and the two electives: Representing People and Politics and Representing People and Landscapes.
This article refers to the pre-2019 HSC English Advanced Syllabus. To read about the current English Advanced Module C: the Craft of Writing, please click here for our detailed guide.
HSC English Advanced Module C: Representation and Text is a mystery for many HSC English Advanced students. Complicating things, it is often the Module that students get the least time with during the HSC year. In this post, we will take out some of the mystery of what Module C requires of you.
Module C of the English Advanced HSC course is concerned with analysing, understanding, and discussing processes of representation in texts. For HSC English Advanced Module C, you will study one set text and will need to find two supplementary texts as well.
“Representation” refers to how a composer conveys information and meaning to an audience and the way their choices – form, genre, technique, and style – combine to create meaning.
When analysing texts for HSC English Advanced Module C, you need to ask the following two questions:
The NESA syllabus document prescribes the way this module should be studied in the following overview:
|Source: Board of Studies Module C Overview|
This module requires students to explore various representations of events, personalities or situations. They evaluate how medium of production, textual form, perspective and choice of language influence meaning. The study develops students’ understanding of the relationships between representation and meaning.
Each elective in this module requires the study of one prescribed text offering a representation of an event, personality or situation. Students are also required to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing which provide a variety of representations of that event, personality or situation. These texts are to be drawn from a variety of sources, in a range of genres and media.
Students explore the ways in which different media present information and ideas to understand how various textual forms and their media of production offer different versions and perspectives for a range of audiences and purposes.
Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions that relate to different forms and media of representation. These compositions may be realised in a variety of forms and media.
This document uses some key terms when dictating how to study texts. Let’s have a look at what they mean:
Your task in this Module is to assess various representations of events, situations, and personalities, and to show through close analysis of techniques the ways in which meaning has been constructed to target specific audiences or convey specific ideas. A satisfying and complete answer will connect the how (techniques) to the why (purposes), and comment on the composer’s use of persuasive techniques.
To excel in this module you need to demonstrate a clear understanding of techniques and analyse their effects in a convincing manner.
HSC English Advanced Module C is split into two electives: Representing People and Politics and Representing People and Landscapes. While these are called electives, it is actually your teachers who will choose the texts. These electives require students to examine differing aspects of representation.
Let’s have a look at what they ask you to do:
HSC English Advanced Module C Elective 1: Representing People and Politics
In this elective, students explore and evaluate various representations of people and politics in their prescribed text and other related texts of their own choosing. They consider the ways in which texts represent individual, shared or competing political perspectives, ideas, events or situations. Students analyse representations of people’s political motivations and actions, as well as the impact political acts may have on individual lives or society more broadly. In their responding and composing, students develop their understanding of how the relationship between various textual forms, media of production and language choices influences and shapes meaning.
In this elective, students have to discuss how a composer represents political concerns. This can take the form of an individual’s political perspectives, but it can also take the form of a society’s response to a political situation. You need to look at how the composers utilise the particular properties of their chosen form, medium of production, and genre to convey their ideas.
It is important to note that politics has its etymological roots in the Ancient Greek term polis, literally meaning ‘the city’. It refers to citizenship as a concept, and the body of the citizen population as an entity. As such, the concept of politics is embedded in place as much as people: those who occupy and make up the citizenry of a city or town or space. Politics is concerned with the relationships between people and their personal beliefs or ideologies. While one branch of politics may be concerned with the operations of government, it is equally valid to discuss the politics of fashion or music or food.
Your teachers will choose from the following texts:
The other elective you may be asked to study for HSC English Advanced Module C is Representing People and Landscape. Let’s see how that differs:
HSC English Advanced Module C Elective 2: Representing People and Landscapes
In this elective, students explore and evaluate various representations of people and landscapes in their prescribed text and other related texts of their own choosing. They consider the ways in which texts represent the relationship between the lives of individuals or groups and real, remembered or imagined landscapes. Students analyse representations of people’s experience of particular landscapes and their significance for the individual or society more broadly. In their responding and composing, students develop their understanding of how the relationship between various textual forms, media of production and language choices influences and shapes meaning.
Individuals engage with both real and imagined landscapes. Landscape means different things to different people, and as they imbue the world with meaning they represent those landscapes in different ways. Landscape comprises spaces individuals inhabit, feel connections to, and wish to visit. Landscapes are implicitly political and we perceive them through a subjective lens. An individual’s ideologies, context, and emotions will influence their perception of a landscape. When discussing landscape you need to consider how individuals relate to and represent the world around them and how composers represent landscape to their audiences.
Real, remembered, and imagined landscapes can be understood as the following:
As a critic, your job when studying this module is to consider which type of landscape is being represented and explore how the relationship between people and the different types of landscape are being represented.
Your teachers will choose from the following texts:
If you need help with other aspects of English, you should read our Beginner’s Guide to Acing HSC English.
Now that you understand what HSC English Advanced Module C and its electives ask of you, you need to start reading and analysing your text according to the module. If you need more help, check out the links to other Module C blog posts below.