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ALW242 - Poetry: Events in Language


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 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 your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

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




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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:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities 1 x 2-hour equivalent


This unit introduces students to one of the oldest and most fundamental forms of literary expression: poetry. The unit concentrates on poetry as a contemporary creative practice, with an emphasis on concepts and techniques that support poetic production. The unit concentrates on typographic forms of poetry, but it also looks beyond 'poetry of the page’, introducing students to digital and performative forms of poetry. Conceptually, the unit covers aspects of poetics such as catalogue, form and genre, ecopoetics, and beyond. The unit is designed to cater to students with diverse experiences in reading and writing poetry.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of poetic forms, language, techniques, and audience GLO1 Discipline knowledge and capabilities


Close reading of poems in terms of their formal properties and historical context. Application of critical methodologies in the thematic and formal analysis of poetry GLO4 Critical thinking


Investigate poetry and performances in order to understand how poetries can articulate new understandings of the world, cultures, and modes of being GLO5 Problem solving


Demonstrate self-management capacities in selection of relevant scholarly secondary material in which to understand and create informed engagements with a wide range of poetry GLO6 Self-management


Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively in the development of a creative artefact or critical argument GLO7 Teamwork

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 (creative portfolio & statement of practice) 

2000 words (creative portfolio: 1500 words or equivalent; statement of practice: 500 words) 50% Week 6
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Exercise (creative portfolio & statement of practice)  2000 words (creative portfolio: 1500 words or equivalent; statement of practice: 500 words)  50% Week 12

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

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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