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ALL260 - Australian Literature


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Lyn Mc Credden
Trimester 3: Lyn McCredden




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 2: 

Burwood: 1 x 1-hour class plus 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Waurn Ponds: 1 x 1-hour class (recordings provided at Geelong) plus 1 x 2-hour seminar (weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11). 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent online delivery (weeks 6, 7, 9).

Trimester 3: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week, weeks 1-11

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Trimester 2: Independent and Collaborative learning activities, including 1 x 1-hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent

Trimester 3: Independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


This unit introduces students to a range of Australian fiction, poetry and drama. A detailed understanding of writing genres and forms, and of Australian literary history, will entail readings of both early and contemporary texts. Students will learn to approach literary texts through thematic and theoretical focuses, with specific attention to Indigenous writing.



These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain key theories, concepts and principles of history, forms and uses of Australia Literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Employ a range of generic and bibliographic digital communication technologies to conduct literary research and deliver scholarly written work

GLO5: Problem solving


Explain key theories, concepts and principles of literary scholarship, including the methodologies of close reading, critical analysis and written presentation informed by relevant research

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate and document autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in literary studies and profession

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Exercise

2000 words or equivalent, including 500 word reflection on peer feedback) 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL260 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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