ALL260 - Australian Literature


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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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 (online), 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour class (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week


This unit introduces students to a range of Australian texts, including works of fiction, poetry, film, drama, life writing, and non-fiction. The unit examines texts from the pre-colonial period until today, focusing in particular on the late 19th century to the present. Both settler and Indigenous writers are surveyed on the unit, from Patrick White and Les Murray to Kim Scott and Leah Purcell. The unit prompts students to consider how stories affect our broader conceptions of nation, Australia and Australianness. Key moments in Australian literary history will be surveyed, including major scandals, responses to colonisation and political movements, and contemporary climate thought. Students will be introduced to a range of thematic, theoretical and aesthetic approaches that will extend their understanding of textual engagement and production.

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