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 Rebecca Do Rozario


This subject explores key questions and debates animating contemporary literary research. Students will be introduced to the concerns, methodologies, controversies and debates in selected aspects of the discipline. They will they consider the implications of these scholarly arguments for the study of literature and the communication of research in literary studies. Students will be introduced to the fundamental aspects of research design in literary studies and creative writing such as topic selection, methodology, the development of research questions, creative practice as research, and the selection of case studies. Issues to consider will include those of authorship, identity/subjectivity, theoretical interventions, representation and literary nationalisms..


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Produce high level critical and or creative written practice, in / or about literary genres

such as fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction;

  1. Generate and articulate productive questions and convincing arguments in

both written and oral form;

  1. Evaluate critically a range of approaches to literary and critical analysis;
  2. Demonstrate skills in independent research in literary studies, using print and

electronic sources;

  1. Engage in self-directed collaborative group work.


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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.