Approaches to English Literature - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1 , Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (5%) , Assignment 2 (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as ENG110 Approaches to English Literature.

This unit develops skills at university level in critical reading, textual analysis and writing about literary texts. It equips students with a range of key terms, concepts and practices for further studies in English literature or for any text-based discipline. Short literary texts and weekly critical studies provide focal points for developing detailed and informed ways of interpreting different kinds of narratives. Readings and classes treat themes such as identity and memory, and explore narrative concepts such as genre, characterisation and representing the imaginary in texts.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies
  2. understand and describe sites of meaning in various narrative modes
  3. apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations
  4. engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, to entertain others' points of view, and to argue a critical position.
  • Assignment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Online Participation (20%)
  • Research Essay (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ENG110 — Approaches to English Literature

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Context, author and the reader
3Reading the imaginary
4Form and Content
5Research and essay writing
7Story and discourse
8Narrative time
9Plot and suspense
10Focalisation and characterisation
11Pre-modern narrative modes
12Arthurian Romance
13The Short Story in Context
15Shakespeare and the Canon
16Literature and Decadence
17Narration and Textual Analysis
18Contexts of Reading and Writing
19Fact and Fiction
20Reading Autobiography
21Sites of meaning
22Macbeth: Language, Drama and Gender
23The Mind, the Text and the Reader
24The Novel
25Language, Friendship and Revenge

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

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Required textbooks

  • Thing Called Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing

    By:Bennett & Royle

    ISBN: 9781408254011


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  • Macbeth [Norton Critical Edition]


    ISBN: 9780393923261


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  • Ransom

    By:David Malouf

    ISBN: 9781741669657


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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