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Australian Literature and Film (EGL235)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description The unit journeys through postcolonial Australia from settlement until today, including Aboriginal culture, mythology, whaling, Wars, aging and dying. Readers will experience the ways writers, performers and filmmakers represent Australia to us. The unit explores how writers draw on history to craft their fiction. The texts are largely by contemporary Australian writers and filmmakers, drawing on History, newspapers, letters to take us back in time. The texts offer images of the rich minutiae of life that historians rarely provide us.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should:
1) Be able to critically discuss and analyse important concepts in Australian literature and film, which builds on skills developed in first year;
2) Be able to respond appropriately to the ideas of others, which is important in all learning situations;
3) Understand how literature and film have contributed to and interrogated concepts of Australian cultural and national identity;
4) Possess knowledge of a range and diversity of Australian literary and filmic texts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through a combination of lectures, tutorials and self-directed study. In lectures students will engage with theoretical and historical analysis of Australian literary and filmic texts. In tutorials students will critically discuss and analyse these texts. Students will be expected to research critical material on the theories and selected texts and apply their learning in written essays and seminar presentations.
Assessment Assignment 1 Tutorial Participation and Oral presentation (30%)
On-going: Participation requirements
Assignment 2 Reading journal (30%)
Assignment 3 Essay (20%)
Assignment 4 Essay (20%)
Examination (30%) [External students only]
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EGL284 Australian Literature and Film may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
English and Creative Writing (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA) [New in 2014]
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 Literature
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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Dr Kathryn Trees
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2950
e: K.Trees@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.056 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Kathryn Trees
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2950
e: K.Trees@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.056 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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