ATS4388 - Special topic 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 Patrick Spedding


Dr Patrick Spedding

Not offered in 2018


In this unit, students work with a member or members of the literary studies staff to analyse and theorise a topic in literary studies research. The content of the unit is defined by current research practice by staff in literary studies, and may cover topics such as: aesthetics, eco-criticism, literary theory, post-colonial literature, the sociology of literature, a specific genre or period of literary history, and stylistics. Students will have the opportunity to work closely on topics derived from the current research practice of academic staff, and will develop in-depth knowledge of the topic, and a deeper understanding of literary studies research practice.


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

  1. produce high level critical and/or creative written practice, in or about literary genres such as fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction;
  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.


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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