Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anna Poletti


Please note that Berwick campus is only available to students enrolled in an Education course.


The unit will introduce students to ways of reading and writing about literature that will equip them for further study of literatures in English, creative writing, and international literatures comparative literary studies. This unit invites students to consider a number of concepts important to the study of literature and cultural movements. Through the close reading of texts from a range of times, places and traditions students are encouraged to understand how the pleasure of reading individual works relates to thinking historically and critically.


Students successfully completing this subject will have acquired:

  1. Enhanced competence in the close reading of literary texts;
  2. Familiarity with some key critical concepts and movements in literary history;
  3. Skills in written and oral argument appropriate to the study of literature.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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