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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

Module 1: Postcolonial perspectives I
Module 2: Postcolonial perspectives II: Melissa Lucashenko's Mullumbimby
Module 3: The uses of intertextuality I
Module 4: The uses of intertextuality II: Mirandi Riwoe's The Fish Girl
Module 5: Literature and the environment I
Module 6: Literature and the environment II: Robbie Arnott's Flames

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

  • Available as a standalone novella (Seizure/Xoum, 2017) or within the collection The Burnished Sun (UQP, 2022): Mirandi Riwoe, 2017, The Fish Girl, Any, Seizure/Xoum, Sydney. ISBN: 9781925589061.
  • Melissa Lukashenko, 2013, Mullumbimby, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia. ISBN: 9780702239199.
  • Originally published 2018: Robbie Arnott, 2020, Flames, Any, Text Publishing, Sydney. ISBN: 9781922268211.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.