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Undergraduate | MAQ-ENGX3051 | 2024

Critical Approaches to Literature

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Explore the pathways you can take when analysing English literature. Consider characterisation, genre and suspense. Think about a writing's context and authorial intent. Devour short stories, plays and critical texts as you broaden your studies.

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Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Critical Approaches to Literature

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of a range of critical approaches to literature, shown through being able to identify, understand, and apply different questions and concepts to the interpretation of texts and to the creation of meaning
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of what is at stake in the way literature is understood and consumed by being able to approach and critique texts from a range of perspectives
    3. Demonstrate a well-developed capacity for rigorous and independent thinking, shown through being able to compare different points of view, and to generate new ideas, both in spoken and written contexts
    4. Demonstrate advanced research skills, shown through being able to locate, interpret, and, critically analyse published scholarship in English literary studies
    5. Demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking and synthesis, shown through combining research findings and critical practice to support ideas about literary expression, textual meaning, and the social, aesthetic, and cognitive functions of literature
    6. Demonstrate advanced skills in persuasive argumentation, shown through being able to organise and present information efficiently and meaningfully
    7. Demonstrate advanced oral communication and academic writing skills shown through the production of reasoned, well-informed argument in written work and class participation

Entry requirements

Prior study

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

one of

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-ENGX3050 (Not currently available)


ENGX1001 or ENGX1002 or ENGX120; and 20cp in ENGX units at 2000 level or above

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Arts

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