Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ali Alizadeh


What is the connection between literature and philosophy, between creativity and thinking about creativity? This unit aims to help students advance their critical and theoretical appreciation of literary discourses, styles and themes. By drawing on a variety of innovative creative texts as well as thought-provoking perspectives on the art of literature, this unit offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in thinking and writing critically and analytically about their own and others' works.


By the completion of the unit students will be expected to:

  1. Apply critical and aesthetical frameworks in discussing works of literature.
  2. Assess the possible limitations of these frameworks and begin to conceptualise new, more suitable ways of studying literature.
  3. Identify and defend their own (general or specific) critical and aesthetical positions within the field of literary studies.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and the requirements of research papers.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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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