LIT302: Australian Literature


LIT302: Australian Literature

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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The unit presents a study of distinctive works of Australian literature. It focuses upon the characteristic features of Australian literature, exploring how to define it, and how it, in turn, defines us. This unit will observe the struggles and concerns that have helped shape Australian culture. Works studied may include poetry, fiction and plays, including the writings of Henry Lawson, A.B. Patterson, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Gwen Harwood, and David Willamson.


Learning outcomes

Students on completion of the unit should be able to:

  1. compare and contrast modern literature emanating from different national traditions;
  2. provide a critical analysis by identifying and describing, where appropriate, the inter-relationship between chosen texts and their social and political milieux;
  3. identify common themes that characterise these works and appraise their representation in chosen texts;
  4. undertake research, thoughtfully evaluate material and apply to new challenges;
  5. summarise information and communicate in a persuasive, logical and coherent manner;
  6. competently present clear written expression, logical essay structure and appropriate use of referencing and bibliography to comply with the strict conventions of academic writing;
  7. work constructively in groups and actively participate in class discussion.



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