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 a minimum of one (1) credit point at level one, and no more than one (1) credit point at level 3

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 4 units from level 2, selected from:

  • Australian Literature ALL260
  • Writing Modern Worlds ALL202
  • Shakespeare Today ALL275
  • Fantasy Literature ALL255
  • Gender, Sex and Literature ALL256
  • Poetry: Events in Language ALW242
  • Complete 2 the following units from level 3, selected from:

    ALL301 Global Literatures: Literary Interventions in the Present Situation - no longer available for enrolment

  • Reading the End of Nature ALL381
  • Classics and Trash ALL376
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