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This topic includes the examination of two different types of text, e.g. a novel and a film, a novel and a play, a documentary and a play, an op-ed article and a novel, a speech and a novel, a selection of poetry and a film, a film and a play, a selection of poetry and a novel.
Study in this unit will include two texts that are either:
- connected by the representation of concepts, identities, times and places
- transformations or adaptations of (or interventions into) other texts, such as reimagined literary texts or film versions of texts or plays.
In responding to two texts, students explore and discuss the personal, social, historical and cultural significance of representations in different texts and the cultural assumptions, attitudes, values and beliefs underpinning them. Students are given opportunities to add to ongoing, informed and public ‘conversations’ about both literary texts and non-literary texts.
What makes us conscious?
"Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in its state? What about a pet dog? Does it have a sense of what it’s like to be in its state? It may pine for attention, and appear to have a unique subjective experience, but what separates the two cases? ... "
Thomas Aquinas, part 5: what does it mean to be human?
"For Thomas Aquinas, the human is a paradox. As "rational animals", we are the only species that straddles the divide between matter and spirit. We do not just inhabit the material world – we interpret it, discern order within it, derive meaning from it and act decisively upon it. Our intellects transcend their material confines with a unique freedom and imagination ... "
What does it mean to be human?
"What does it mean to be human? Centuries worth of scientific thought, artistic tradition and spiritual practice have attempted to answer this most fundamental question about our existence. And yet the diversity of views and opinions is so grand it has made that answer remarkably elusive ... "