ALL376 - Classics and Trash

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Cassandra Atherton

Successful completion of at least one second year literature unit OR Completion of all of ALL101, ALW102 & any 2 level two units.



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:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 3-hours per week, including 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided)


This unit charts the development of texts over time to examine how and why some reach canonical status and are considered 'classics', while others are labelled 'trash' or 'cult'. Examination of texts such as Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Lolita and Breakfast at Tiffany's will be examined against analysis and challenges to the Western canon. These books will be examined alongside anime, TV and popular versions of classic texts such as The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Concepts of high, low and pop culture will also be studied with examples from dance and music in movies.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate skills in communication in both creative and critical forms in Writing and Literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Demonstrate skills in reading and analysis, with the ability to undertake a comparative evaluation of literary texts and a critical investigation of crucial text-world relationships

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Think in interdisciplinary ways

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate social responsibility and cultural sensitivity

GLO8: Global citizenship


Feel encouraged to pursue lifelong learning

GLO2: Communication


Demonstrate skills in basic information technology literacy

GLO3: Digital literacy

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


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

Assessment 1 comprises:

  • (Individual) - Exercise (400 words or equivalent); and
  • (Group 4-5 Participants) Discussion (400 word or equivalent) 
  20% Ongoing

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Exercise

1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 5
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words or equivalent 40% 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

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL376 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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