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 UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ali Alizadeh


What is the relationship between writing and belonging? Do poems, short stories, novels and works of creative non-fiction produced in Australia affirm or challenge what we see as a uniquely Australian identity? This unit is concerned with the contriubtion of literature to forming and interrogating the notions of identity, ideology, gender, ethnicity and sexuality in an Australian context. There will be an emphasis on contemporary writing, and the texts studies will include a range of literary genres.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. A practical understanding of the major themes and styles of writing in modern and contemporary Australian literatures;
  2. A critical understanding of the role of literature in the formation and maintenance of identity;
  3. An informed understanding of some key critical and theoretical approaches to the study and analysis of literature;
  4. Solid advanced undergraduate-level competence in the reading and interpretation of literary texts.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS3510, WMN2690, WMN3690