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iCAS Module 2 - Critical Reading: Getting Started

Critical Reading

About The Authors

Lyn and Trina

Who are we?

We are lecturers, researchers, mothers and eternal students who passionately care about reading critically and questioning life.  

Welcome to our module!  We hope you find it both exciting and challenging.  Best of luck! 

  Trina Jackson and Lynette Ireland :)

Overview/Outcomes

The focus of this module is on using language to critique texts. to evaluate. To make comment on This does not mean criticising them; rather it means deconstructing and evaluating their content.  Texts come in many formats and are essentially a social construction (artifact).  These could be in the format of written (both formal …such as academic journals/textbooks) and informal…such as newspapers/magazines/brochures), spoken (oral), listening (auditory), visual (films/art/body/nature).  This has great significance for students undertaking study at the higher educational level as you will be expected to independently evaluate textual argument and evidence. This module deals specifically with written text, through the act of reading critically.  

In this module you will be introduced to the ways in which the purpose of communication as text is related to the style of language used.  It is important not only to understand what a piece of text is trying to convey, but also how language is used to produce a particular idea, view or version of reality (these are referred to as ideologieshaving a set of values or principles which are concerned with a primary group of ideas and/or beliefs. ideologies can arise from any facet of social life.. e.g they can be political, religious, gender.).

The purposes of texts are to:

  • inform
  • persuade
  • entertain

Texts position readers/viewers/listeners to particular viewpoints. This module is designed to develop critical responsiveness to texts.  This involves identifying and evaluating an argument for clarity, accuracy, credibility and logic. Critical readers are able to examine forms and sources of knowledge-making to determine authenticity, rigour, relevance and validity. Critically reading a text is the first step in writing.

Module Outcomes: Develop the ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence, and arguments in written text at an introductory level through:

•    identification of devices of persuasion and techniques of bias 
•    critical analysis of the social construction of texts, and,
•    deconstruction of texts.

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