What is Module C?

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Matrix Education

Module C is one of the most complex modules that you’ll study in your HSC year (especially if you’ve been lumped with the Shakespeare text for the Module, Julius Caesar!). ‘Representation and Text’ deals with the ways in which an author’s perspective can shape the construction of a text, and how that affects our own view of a person or event.

Your task in this module is to assess this difference between the truth of a given situation (as close as you can get to it!) and representations of it in various texts, and show, by close analysis of language techniques, the ways in which the truth has been modified to target specific audiences.

The two electives specified in the HSC Prescriptions 2009-2014 for the English Stage 6 syllabus deal with this in very different ways that require unique approaches.

Conflicting Perspectives

Conflicting Perspectives deals with the perception of individuals who experience an event from different positions. Take the literal example of a football game. A tackle that may seem illegal from the perspective of one referee may be seen to be acceptable by a referee who has a better view of the incident. The aim of Conflicting Perspectives is to discover how an understanding of an event can be shaped (or distorted) by the person telling us about the event.

History and Memory

In a way, History and Memory is similar to Conflicting Perspectives because it deals with different views of an event. However, where Conflicting Perspectives are often just that, in conflict, the History and Memory elective delves into how history and memory cannot fully describe an event without one another – they are incomplete by themselves. To use an infamous example, the Holocaust is universally seen as a horrible chapter of human history. However, how was this event experienced by the Jewish prisoners? How was it experienced by the Nazi guards, the Red Cross and other parties? Your aim in this elective is to analyse how the interplay of history and memory lead us to the “truth” of an event.

 


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