Faculty of Education

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 Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jennifer Rennie


In this unit students explore and critique a range of literature of personal, social, cultural, social and aesthetic value. Students learn to appreciate the value of exploring and creating their own literary texts in order to develop their understanding of how literature can enrich the human experience and develop students' knowledge about how language can be used in creative, powerful and purposeful ways.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. evaluate and critique a range of literature
  2. understand how authors use language and literary techniques and devices to influence readers across a range of genres
  3. understand how ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters expressed by authors are drawn from and shaped by different historical, social and cultural contexts
  4. develop a knowledge of different reading theories and how they relate to the ways in which we make meaning from text
  5. create texts that use language in creative, powerful and purposeful ways
  6. develop a knowledge of different theories of writing and how they relate to the ways in which we create texts.


Critique (1600 words, 40%)
Reflective piece (individual or in pairs) (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 10 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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