Writing the Nation: Australian Literature to 1950 - 2016

Unit summary

LCS12

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 - Reflective (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
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Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Understand development of the key elements of Australian cultural identity as expressed through literature up to 1950. By studying a range of poems, songs, journals, letters, short stories and novels, you will investigate what this literature reveals about the values and attitudes of the time and how these are different today. The unit considers how literary works may construct and perpetuate stereotypes of gender, race, class and nationality. You will gain knowledge of Australian cultural identity as expressed through literature and learn what literature reveals about past and present values and attitudes.

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At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. gain knowledge of the development of key elements of Australian cultural identity as expressed through literature up to 1950
  2. investigate what literature reveals about past and present values and attitudes
  3. consider literary works that may construct and perpetuate stereotypes of gender, race, class and nationality.
     
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 — Reflective (45%)
  • Test — eTest (15%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Convict poetry and song
2Colonial poetry
3Goldrush ballads
4Women's journals and letters
5Short stories of Henry Lawson
6The Bulletin and the city or the bush
7Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton
8My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin
9Jonah, Louis Stone
10The Sentimental Bloke and Ginger Meg
11Coonardoo, Katharine Susannah Prichard
12The Battlers, Kylie Tennant
13Poetic currents of the 1930s and 40s

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Coonardoo

    By:Katharine S Prichard

    ISBN: 9780732296933

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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