Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2014 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Dunstan; Dr Louise Poland


Previously coded PUB4001


Historical perspectives on the book and publishing as agents of change. A critical introduction to the history of publishing and approaches to the study of publishing today in Australian and international contexts. The study of the various cycles in the history of the book analysed and assessed. Value addition in publishing, print and electronic delivery, women in publishing, the publishing firm and social contribution of the book. Different approaches to the study of publishing and history of the book.


On completion of this unit the student should have acquired:

  1. an understanding the importance of the book in cultural development
  2. a critical awareness of the forms of publishing and the culture of the book
  3. an understanding of the publishing industry in Australia both past and present
  4. an appreciation of the study of the history of the book
  5. advanced research and presentation skills, both written and oral.


Three papers (4500 words): 45%Major Essay (4500 words): 45%Class contribution and presentation:10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Dunstan; Dr Louise Poland

Workload requirements

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week