Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise Poland


Previously coded PUB4010


The Australian publishing industry is both a large national industry and a significant part of a massive global industry. Australian publishers, printers and booksellers participate in an international book trade in which rights to books and electronic products are both produced and bought and sold for publication in different countries and different languages. This unit examines the commercial operation and dynamics of publishing in a globalised environment.


On completion of the unit the student should have acquired:

  1. an understanding of the dynamics and processes of the Australian book trade
  2. an understanding of the Australian book trade in its international context
  3. an understanding and capacity to analyse established and emerging methods of book and e-book marketing and selling
  4. developed basic skills in copywriting and the negotiation of sales rights.


Seminar essay and presentation (1500 words): 20%Long Essay (3500 words): 35%Practical Exercises in copywriting and sales (3000 words): 30%Examination (1 hour): 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week plus additional site visits and guest lectures.