Australian Literature - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment - AusLit Article analysis (30%) , Essay - Research essay (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 798.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,048.00

This unit explores the key works of Australian literature from the nineteenth century to the present. Students are introduced to major writers through the shorter mediums of short stories, poetry, theatre and non-fiction. The representation of relations between place and culture; the city/bush divide; history; memory and subjectivity; class and social change; gender codes and sexuality; recent challenges to unifying national myths; Indigenous and multicultural writing; and (post)colonial frames form some of the unit's concerns. By the end of the unit, students will be able to identify and discuss major Australian writers across different eras, and their relation to one another, with confidence, potentially leading to further Australian literary studies.

Students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate independent critical research analysis leading to the communication of an essay-based argument
  2. have the ability to work contextually between genres, eras and media (eg. from printed to cinematic to online texts and interactive formats)
  3. have the ability to apply literary insights into broader social and environmental contexts
  4. have professionalism in terms of punctuality, required levels of online participation, task management, team-based communication and presentation of work
  5. have the ability to take the insights and skills of this unit into further learning and to encourage the learning of others.
  • Assignment — AusLit Article analysis (30%)
  • Essay — Research essay (40%)
  • Participation — Online forum participation (20%)
  • Quiz — online quiz (10%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1.Module 1. Colonial to Federation eras
2Module 2. Francis Webb and postwar Australia
3Module 3. Postwar to Contemporary Eras

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.

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