Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Paton


This unit enables students to read widely in a relevant topic within a cultural arts field, under the guidance of a supervisor. It may be an area not offered in any other fourth or fifth-year level unit, or involve building more in-depth knowledge in an area with which the student already has some familiarity. Details for the reading unit will be defined and approved individually for each student and will include objectives, assessment and an initial reading list. Students enrolling in this unit must have the approval of the unit coordinator.


On the successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. gained detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of an area of interest to the student, which is not formally taught;
  2. developed an ability to analyse and construct arguments from a range of academic sources;
  3. developed skills at critiquing and evaluating others ideas, opinions and arguments;
  4. demonstrated a willingness to present ideas for scrutiny to a supervisor and accept criticism of those ideas;
  5. and learned self-reliance and time management skills in order to gain greater independence as a learner.


Written assessment (9000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Elizabeth Paton

Contact hours

One 1-hour supervisory meeting per week plus self-directed learning/research