Jane Austen Society of
Australia: Study Guide
of Studies’ syllabus
The Board of Studies is the
NSW government organisation which defines what is officially required of students for this topic.
6 Syllabus - English
Syllabus requirements as defined by the Board for this topic
refer to comparisons of the Austen work Emma and the movie Clueless, and
are as follows:
A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context
This module requires students to compare texts in
order to explore them in relation to their contexts.
It develops students’ understanding of the effects of context and questions
Students examine ways in which
social, cultural and historical context influences aspects of texts, or the
ways in which changes in context lead to changed values being reflected in
texts. This includes study and use of the language of texts, consideration of
purposes and audiences, and analysis of the content, values and attitudes
conveyed through a range of readings.
Students develop a range of
imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions that relate to the study
of their specific text. These are to be realised in a variety of forms and
From Stage 6 Syllabus English ©
Board of Studies NSW. 1999 p51
One way of comparing texts is to examine different versions of the same
story in different times. The HSC elective calls this process
Elective 1: Transformations
Transformations of texts have
occurred for centuries as stories have been adapted to contemporary
situations. The inspiration of the known reflects upon the new, while the new
resonates with the known. This process provides the basis of study in this
Students choose a pair of texts and
consider the ways in which transformations generate reflections on the texts,
contexts and the ways in which texts can be transformed.
From Prescriptions: Area of Study Electives and
School Certificate 2001 and 2003, p18
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