Australian Literature

Unit code: ACL3009 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
ACL2001 - Reading Contemporary Fiction
ACL2002 - Studying Poetry and Poetics
ACL2007 - Romance and Realism
Students must have completed two of the following units: ACL2001 Reading Contemporary Fiction, ACL2002 Studying Poetry and Poetics, ACL2007 Romance and Realism.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


In this Literary Studies unit we will introduce the history and significant themes of Australian literature and identify some of the significant preoccupations across Australian literature. We will read a series of selected literary texts that illustrate the diversity of content and form across the previous 200 years of Australian literature. Some the unit themes are the representation of Aboriginality and the development of Australian writing in response to global issues.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate the key issues in Australian literature, and appraise its historical background and significant themes;
  2. Critically reflect on and develop literary arguments in a variety of contexts;
  3. Explore theoretical positions and analyse complex problems and global issues; and
  4. Negotiate literary representations of diverse cultures and collectives through the study of literary texts.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Journal
Grade: 15%
Comparison (600 words)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 25%
Critical Essay Part A (600 words)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 25%
Critical Essay Part B (900 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Small group presentation (20 minutes) and written report (500 words)

Required reading

The Drover's Wife
Purcell Leah, 2016| Currency
Wake in fright
Kenneth Cook, 2012| Melbourne
Lohrey Amanda, 2009| Black Inc

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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