ATS2422 - Romanticism and its literary legacy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Chris Murray


Dr Chris Murray

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units, including at least one gateway unit in Literary studies.


The unit will introduce students to new forms of representation and ways of thinking that emerged in Europe from the late eighteenth century, and are now termed 'Romanticism'. It will focus in particular on Romantic conceptualisations of literature, history and nationhood, God and nature, visual art and the self. Romanticism will be considered both as a revolutionary period in European history and as a continuing strand of Western culture, with a diverse literary legacy.


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

  1. develop a general understanding of the new ways of thinking and writing about history and nationhood, God and nature, art and the self that were articulated by Romantic thinkers;
  2. gain in-depth knowledge of the work of at least two Romantic writers;
  3. become more aware of the ongoing legacy of Romanticism in later literature and culture;
  4. develop skills in the areas of literary research, textual analysis and interpretation, and communication, both oral and written.


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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