Australian Literature and History 1890 to 1929 - 2017

Unit summary

LCS31

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay (35%) , Assignment 2 - Disc. Posts and Reflections (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

In this unit you read a selection of poetry and short stories and a short novel as a basis for reflecting upon themes of nationality and gender in Australian literature and history. Texts include an anthology of poems and stories from the 1890s, Franklin’s My Brilliant Career, and a unit dossier of relevant literary, historical and critical writings.

The unit examines inter-relations between literary writing and reading, cultural institutions and political movements and ideologies during the two decades that principally shaped the national identity.

In addition to learning about major cultural and political events and developments in Australia in the period examined, you will be developing skills in reading literary texts socially as well as personally. The main focus will be on reading and analysing interesting and stimulating works of literature, and finding ways of relating them meaningfully to their social contexts.

  • Assignment 1 — Essay (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Disc. Posts and Reflections (25%)
  • Assignment 3 — Take Home Exam (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction
2History, ideology & poetry in lead-up to Federation
3Journalism of Sydney bulletin, short stories by H. Lawson
4Gender and writing in the 1890's
5Journalism of Louisa Lawson
6Stories by women writers
7Miles Franklin and 'My Brilliant Career'

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • My Brilliant Career : Penguin Classic

    By:Miles Franklin

    ISBN: 9780143105053

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Turning the Century: Writing of the 1890s

    By:Christopher Lee (ed)

    ISBN: 9780702230547

    Format:Print

    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop


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