LIT101: Composition and Literature


LIT101: Composition and Literature

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Diploma of Liberal Arts
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit presents an introduction to the nature of language as a means of communication, and to literature as a setting and stimulus for the language arts. The unit will focus on applying the principles of effective communication through a study of various literary genres, the classical canons of rhetoric, and finally, with the production of an academic essay. Composition assignments will be inspired by the traditional ‘progymnasmata’, a series of graded and repetitive rhetorical exercises based on the reading of great works of literature, which may include fables and fairy tales, and seminal texts such as Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The basic elements of narration – conflict and climax – will be shown to inform not only imaginative literature, but also expository discourse and persuasive argumentation, revealing an essential continuity between storytelling and effective argument.


Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes develop in students an awareness of the value and relevance of the study strand to basic understanding of the foundational material. Students will be able to:

  1. understand fundamental characteristics of human communication;
  2. recognise and discuss examples of different styles of written communication;
  3. indicate the importance of sentence structure including usage of grammar and syntax; structure and style written work;
  4. demonstrate the importance of clear written expression, concise logical essay structure and the appropriate use of referencing and bibliography in compliance with academic conventions;
  5. summarise and communicate in a logical and coherent manner;
  6. constructively participate in group work and tutorial events by undertaking required readings and contributing with clarity and coherence



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