Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Sue Kossew


Previously coded ENH2800


Literature is often seen as an aspect of a specific culture, but some of the world's most memorable and significant literary works are about journeys between cultures and the crossing of boundaries beyond one's own cultural horizons. This unit is an investigation of a number of key literary and cultural texts that explore concepts of cultural difference and offer insights into diverse cultural environments. These texts produce new and provocative ways of looking at how humans have negotiated and continue to negotiate cultural identities in , transnational and global contexts. This unit offers students the opportunity to study a range of texts that bring to light connections between and among cultures.


Students who successfully complete the unit should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate literary and cultural texts from a variety of different cultures;
  2. Understand these texts in terms of their geographical, historical and socio-political contexts;
  3. Discuss and analyse these texts from literary, theoretical and critical perspectives;
  4. Form an appreciation of the notion of cross-cultural literary communication.


In-class test (1-hour): 30%
Written Work (2700 words): 60%
Participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week or 22 hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A gateway unit in Literary Studies or by permission