ATS3503 - Writing women - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies


Professor Sue Kossew

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit examines women's literature from a range of periods and countries. Issues examined might include: the place of women's writing in the literary canon and in literary history; strains in feminist literary criticism and theory; recent debates regarding the reception of women's writing; the use of literature to make interventions regarding social norms around gender and sexuality; typical themes in women's writing such as marriage, motherhood, work, violence.


On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. the ability to assess and interpret the relationship between literary texts and their social and political context;
  2. an informed understanding of some key approaches to the study of women's writing;
  3. developed an informed critical perspective on the question of gender, literary production and literary value;
  4. solid advanced undergraduate-level skills 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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.