ATS4348 - Theme and genre in literary studies - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sascha Morrell


Dr Sascha Morrell

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor's honours degree


In this unit we will examine a particular conjunction of theme and genre in a range works of literature chosen from several historical periods, paying close attention to both their literary forms, structures and techniques, and to the historical contexts to which each responds and in which each might be re-interpreted. For example, consideration might be given to the way in which authors from diverse times and places have imagined better or worse alternative realities in the mode of utopian or dystopian literature.


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

  1. produce high level critical and/or creative written practice, in or about literary periods, genres, themes;
  2. apply advanced critical reading in the context of the field of literary studies;
  3. evaluate critically a range of approaches to literary and critical analysis;
  4. complete independent research in literary studies, using print and electronic sources.


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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