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Cosmopolitan Literature: Communicating Creatively across the Globe (EGL321)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description In this unit, students will engage with significant works of modern literature that engender an understanding of cosmopolitanism. Students will reflect on the visibility and significance of literary work in contemporary culture. The unit considers the role and value of the literary text in the contemporary globalised world, and introduces students to theoretical frameworks for understanding major cosmopolitan works. An extended project assessment will enable students to explore the interventions of literature into cultural, public and community life today.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of this unit, should be able to:
1. Discuss developments in cosmopolitan literary forms and related theories in literature from the late twentieth century into the twenty-first century.
2. Demonstrate well developed skills in reading, academic and creative writing, and analysis of a range of texts.
3. Trace the evolution of the novel in the period studied with reference to relevant literary theory and criticism.
4. Have some grasp of the social and political contexts of the periods and their impact on the changing face of the cosmopolitan novel
5. Read, comment on and write (in critical and/or creative ways) about the selected texts, using the language and conceptual tools of critical analysis, and/or the narrative techniques and styles of creative writing .
6. Discuss the cultural role and historical relevance of the book in contemporary global culture.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: up to 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Learning in this unit is through lectures, tutorials (and, for external students, online discussion) and self-study. Students will be reading and critically or creatively responding to historical and current research.

Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended since key materials are introduced and explained in those large sessions. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory, and active participation in class is facilitated and encouraged. Reading primary set texts and weekly readings before attending lectures and tutorials in a given week will ensure that students reap maximum benefit from the unit learning materials and activities.
Assessment The assessments will involve a range of activities - oral, written, and in groups. Assessments will be modified for external students.
Prerequisites Successful completion of EGL123 or EGL124, or EGL121 or EGL122 and successful completion of EGL252 or EGL248 or or completion of or concurrent enrolment in EGL248 or EGL220
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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English and Creative Writing (BA)
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors English and Creative Writing
English Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Creative Writing
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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