Literary studies



At Deakin, literature is the door to new understandings of cultures and histories. Our literary studies scholars have international profiles in philosophy, poetry, ecology and Australian literature, and will guide you in critical and creative journeys through great literature from the medieval era to today. There are also many opportunities for your own creative writing and critical analysis.

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MJ-A000013 (major)

MN-A000013 (minor)


Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (Online)

Career outcomes

You may find employment opportunities in advertising agencies, the education sector, freelance writing, government departments, libraries, market research companies, public relations agencies and publishing companies.

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  • To complete a Major sequence in Literary Studies select eight (8) credit points as outlined below;
  • To complete a Minor sequence in Literary Studies select any four (4) units from below, including no more than two (2) credit points at level 3.  It is highly recommended that students undertake level 1 units as part of their minor sequence.

Complete the following 2 units from level 1:

  • The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others ALL101
  • From Horror to Romance: Genre and Its Revisions ALL102
  • Complete 3 units from level 2, selected from:

  • Australian Literature ALL260
  • Writing Modern Worlds ALL202
  • The Golden Age: Child, Nature, Empire ALL228
  • Fantasy Literature ALL255
  • Gender, Sex and Literature ALL256
  • Poetry: Events in Language ALW242
  • Complete 3 units from level 3, selected from:

  • Reading the End of Nature ALL381
  • Shakespeare Today: Sex, Race and Politics ALL375
  • Classics and Trash ALL376
  • Gender, Sexuality and Texts for Young People ALL326