Centre for Continuing Education

HSC English Preparation Course - Extension 1: 'Romanticism'

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Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking - Elective 2

This Extension 1 HSC English course provides a comprehensive and detailed study of Romanticism. The course begins with analysis of the period and its issues and continues with each of the set texts in relation to ways of thinking in the period. There is a major focus on making connections between texts, and detailed analysis of tradition and radical change in culture, values and belief. With the advantage of comment by the presenter, extensive course readers on the period and each text, and group discussion, students gain understanding that supports confident and sophisticated comment about the texts and the period. Previous exam papers and answers help to focus self chosen texts and set texts.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and respond to the Syllabus and Prescriptions for English Extension 1 Module B and Romanticism.
  • Analyse and explore the set texts in relation to genre, medium, style, context and ways of thinking.
  • Analyse and discuss the personal and political significance of the texts and their questioning of traditional ways of thinking, including the idea of the poet and writer, gender, romance, sexuality and marriage; class and politics; and nature, humanity, science and the future.
  • Analyse and explore the tension between ways of thinking and experiment with style and forms such as the political essay, lyric poetry and the Gothic novel, including reference to other related texts.
  • Define and draw connections between the significant themes and stylistic features of the texts in relation to ways of thinking.
  • Read and discuss previous exam papers and answers and explore an authentic personal response to the texts and the issues.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

  • 1.2. Comprehensive discussion of the Syllabus and Prescriptions and the ways of thinking of the period.
  • Close critical analysis of the set texts.
  • 1.2.4. Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relations between text, form and ways of thinking in the period: including the tension between tradition and radical change; and the distinctive individual interests of each of the set writers and texts.
  • Analysis and comparison of the texts in relation to issues that include traditional belief and changing views about humanity and society, science and the future in an age of revolution and continuity. The issues include the role of the poet; gender, romance, sexuality and marriage; class and politics; and nature, humanity, science and the future.
  • Critical attention to the range through prose, poetry and fiction, and the representation of Romanticism in the medium of recent film.
  • Close attention to connections between the set texts and related texts.
  • Development of individual and authentic responses in part through study of previous exam questions and answers.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Delivery Style

The course is taught with a combination of teacher presentation and interactive discussion, with close attention to the texts and issues, and with the support of extensive course booklets on the set texts and the period. Students are encouraged to ask questions and overcome problems throughout the course.


The course includes a course booklet on the set texts and the period – one of the great advantages of the course. A further booklet includes previous exam questions and answers.

Students need to bring their copies of the set texts.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

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