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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Introduces students to a number of contemporary written texts. Major issues and themes are identified and a number of critical methods are exploited. Particular attention is paid to those issues and themes which can be seen as having special relevance to postcolonial societies. There is an emphasis on Australian writing.

Unit content

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Postcolonial Writing 
Week 3: Zadie Smith's White Teeth
Week 4: Space and Place 
Week 5: Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance
Week 6: Ghosts, Monsters, and Bodies 
Week 8: Toni Morrison's Beloved
Week 9: Intertextuality 
Week 10: Peter Carey's My Life as a Fake
Week 11: Gender and Sexuality 
Week 12: Michael Cunningham's The Hours 
Week 13: Review 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify and discuss some of the major issues and themes in contemporary writing
2 identify issues and themes of particular relevance to postcolonial societies
3 recognise the value of different critical/theoretical approaches in analysing contemporary writing
4 demonstrate ability with academic writing, including essay writing, research, and referencing.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and discuss some of the major issues and themes in contemporary writing
  2. identify issues and themes of particular relevance to postcolonial societies
  3. recognise the value of different critical/theoretical approaches in analysing contemporary writing
  4. demonstrate ability with academic writing, including essay writing, research, and referencing.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.