AJ1305 Critical Reading

Faculty of Education
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Barbora Kašpárková (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Zuzana Kršková, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJ1305/Kombi01: Fri 5. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 19. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 9. 4. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 23. 4. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 7. 5. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 21. 5. 15:00–15:50 učebna 1, B. Kašpárková
AJ1305/Kombi02: Fri 12. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 26. 3. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 16. 4. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 30. 4. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 14. 5. 15:00–15:50 učebna 57, Fri 21. 5. 15:00–15:50 učebna 1, B. Kašpárková
AJ1305/01: Tue 8:00–9:50 učebna 33, B. Kašpárková
AJ1305/02: Tue 10:00–11:50 učebna 36, B. Kašpárková
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( AJ1102 Practical Language 1B )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course introduces students to the basic skills of critical reading, thinking and writing. At the end of the course, students will be able to pose effective questions for a subsequent analysis, examine crucial concepts in writings from varied disciplines and make connections between ideas as well as synthesize them. They will learn how to turn their individual interpretation into a complex argument and how to support that argument by relevant textual evidence. The Critical Reading course is not an overview course, i.e. it does not necessarily follow a chronological development of British literature and history, although there is an overlap with both the present course and History, Literature and Culture of the USA. Critical Reading exercises reading strategies and analytical skills PRIMARILY. It is a support course that branches out into all module courses on both Bachelor and Master's levels.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will:
- be able to choose a topic suitable for an academic analysis;
- formulate an argument;
- pose effective questions for an analysis of a literary text and other cultural material;
- approach the literary and cultural material from various perspectives (using different literary approaches to the analysis of a literary/cultural material) ;
- distinguish quality secondary sources;
- use the chosen secondary sources to support their argument;
Syllabus
  • 1. Critical thinking - multilayered interpretation
  • 2. Basic principles of an analysis (theory) - analyzing an academic text
  • 3. Basic principles of an analysis (contextual approach) – practical part, analyzing a primary text
  • 4. Choice of a suitable topic and argument
  • 5. analysis of a specific topic
  • 7. using secondary sources
  • 8. Socio-cultural context
Literature
    recommended literature
  • Terence Brunk, Suzanne Diamond, Priscilla Perkins, Ken Smith: Literacies: Reading, Writing, Interpretation, Second edition
  • BARNET, Sylvan, Morton BERMAN and William BURTO. An Introduction to Literature : fiction, poetry, drama. 8th ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1985. 1219 s. ISBN 0316082279. info
Teaching methods
independent reading, on-line class discussion, individual projects (reading assignments and written assignments), peer review
Assessment methods
Attendance is required.
Active participation in class discussions
Completion of the course is based upon the timely completion of various assignments during the semester.
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: kombinované studium: výuka v blocích.
Teacher's information
http://moodlinka.ped.muni.cz/course/view.php?id=1516
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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