ATS2325 - Cross-cultural literary encounters - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Sue Kossew


Professor Sue Kossew

Not offered in 2018


One first-year Arts unit and one Gateway unit in Literary studies


The unit introduces students to texts from other cultures and/or to texts that thematise cross-cultural encounters. In this way, students will engage with literary works that introduce readers to other cultures' ways of life; raise issues specific to particular cultural contexts; use language in culturally-specific ways and/or take cross-cultural encounters as a thematic focus of the text.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced understanding of the development of literary texts across different professional, cultural, historical and/or linguistic contexts, by engaging with literary works from or about other cultures;
  2. produce high level critical and/or creative written practice, in or about literary genres such as fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, by critically evaluating literary works from other cultural contexts;
  3. apply advanced critical reading in the context of the field of literary studies, by engaging with theoretical approaches such as postcolonial theory and world literature theory;
  4. evaluate critically a range of approaches to literary and critical analysis, emphasising those that are attuned to reading literatures of other cultures.


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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