LIT201: Literature of the Western World – Medieval and Renaissance


LIT201: Literature of the Western World – Medieval and Renaissance

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeCore unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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Exploring masterpieces of western literature from the Middle Ages to the late Renaissance, this unit considers the specific approaches authors take to representing their subject matter, as well as the influence of the classical tradition, the age of chivalry, and religious conflict on the ongoing development of Christian literary culture. Authors studied may include Dante, Chaucer, the ‘Gawain Poet’, Shakespeare and Cervantes.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  1. understand the ways in which texts communicate meaning, through context, content, and use;
  2. describe the rhetorical, generic, and linguistic strategies various texts use to produce meaning;
  3. identify, describe, and analyse the relationship between various texts and their social, historical, and literary contexts;
  4. engage in research, reflection, and critical analysis of course material and set texts
  5. communicate in a logical, concise, and coherent manner;
  6. write clear, well-structured, and scholarly essays that conform to the referencing and bibliographic standards of academic convention;
  7. constructively participate in class discussion by undertaking required readings and engaging as co-learners within the classroom



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