Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Worth


This unit introduces students to the important notion of literary forms and genres which provides a complementary way of approaching literature to the previous semester's unit. In this unit, students will be encouraged to explore the concept of a literary text by analysing and studying a range of genres, which might include the short story, the novel, poetry, drama, the essay, graphic narrative and intergeneric writing. The theme that the texts will engage with is that of 'Writing the City', and texts will be taken from different historical periods and cultures.


Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate the role of genre in literary studies, and how they have evolved and changed over time;
  2. Understand the ways in which literature engages with broader cultural and historical contexts;
  3. Understand how literary forms and genres have evolved and changed over time;
  4. Demonstrate discipline-specific written and oral skills;
  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform close readings and critically analyse literary texts;
  6. Demonstrate some theoretical awareness and research skills in analysing literary texts.


Class exercises and participation: 20%
Written work: 45%
Examination (2 hours, 1800 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

  • Two one-hour lectures per week
  • One one-hour tutorial per week

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