Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pier Paolo Frassinelli


This unit introduces students to the study of a range literary and cultural texts drawn from different historical periods and parts of the world. The unit's aim is to enrich and enhance students' understanding of their own as well as of other cultures, and to equip them to analyse both individual literary and cultural texts and the genres, periods and movements to which they belong.


On successfully completing this unit students should be able to:

  1. have some sense of the variety of what is possible in literary and cultural studies, and a general understanding of the diversity of modern global literature and culture
  2. handle the critical concepts and language appropriate to the discussion of different narrative genres, devices and techniques
  3. recognise some of the theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary literary and cultural studies
  4. demonstrate the basic skill of analytic and critical discussion, including the technical conventions proper to English
  5. appreciate the historical perspectives and conventions within which literature and other cultural texts are produced.


Short assignment (750 Words): 20%
Long assignment (1500 words): 30%
class presentation: 10%
2 hour exam: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One x 2 hour lecture per week and one x 1 hour tutorial per week.

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