VCE Literature

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Rationale

The study of Literature develops knowledge and enjoyment of a wide range of literary texts.  The study is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the interaction between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature that the reader brings to the text.  Thus, the study provides an opportunity for students to examine the ways in which literature represents experience and to consider these in the light of their own understanding and experience.

Structure

The study is made up of 4 units.  Each unit deals with specific content and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of outcomes.  There are no pre-requisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3.  Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.

Unit 1

This unit focuses on the way literary texts represent human experience and the reading practices students develop to deepen their understanding of a text.

Unit 2

The focus of this unit is on students’ critical and creative responses to texts.  Students will extend their exploration of the ideas and concerns of texts and understand how their own culture and the cultures represented in the text can influence their interpretations and shape different meanings.

Units 3 and 4

The study of Literature is a means of exploring human experience.  It involves asking questions, eg “Whose experiences and what experiences are given voice in the text?” “How are they created through the text’s use of language and literary devices?”  “What does the text’s representation of characters and events suggest about the values and views of the text?”

These units examine such questions and involve students in analysing a range of texts, developing skills in reading closely and critically and discussing and debating various ways of interpreting and evaluation texts.

Assessment

Satisfactory completion

Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.

Unit 1

For this unit, students are required to demonstrate achievement of three outcomes.  These outcomes comprise all areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, the students should be able to discuss how personal responses to literature are developed and justify their own responses to one or more texts.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to analyse and respond both critically and creatively to the ways in which one or more texts reflect or comment on the interests and ideas of individuals and particular groups in society.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to analyse the construction of a film, television, multimedia or radio text and comment on the way it represents an interpretation of ideas and experiences.

Unit 2

For this unit, students are required to demonstrate achievement of two outcomes.  These outcomes comprise all areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse and respond both critically and creatively to the ways a text from a past era reflects or comments on the ideas and concerns of individuals and groups at that time.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, students should be able to produce a comparative piece of interpretative writing with a particular focus, eg ideas and concerns, form of the text, author, time in history, social or cultural context.

Unit 3

For this unit, students are required to demonstrate achievement of three outcomes.  As a set, these outcomes encompass all areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse how meaning changes when the form of a text changes.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse, evaluate and interpret the views and values of a text in terms of the ideas, social conventions and beliefs that the text appears to explore, endorse, challenge or leave unquestioned.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit, students should be able to evaluate views of a text and make comparisons with their own interpretation.

Unit 4

For this unit, students are required to demonstrate achievement of two outcomes.  As a set, these outcomes encompass all areas of study for the unit.

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, students should be able to respond imaginatively to a text and comment on the connections between the text and the response.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, students should be able to analyse critically features of a text, relating them to an interpretation of the text as a whole.

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Satisfactory achievement of the outcomes.  Levels of achievement are determined by the school.

Units 3 and 4

School assessed coursework and an end of year examination.

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 3 and 4 examination (50%)