OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Guides students through contemporary theoretical debates about the relationship between written texts and circulation of meaning within cultures. Students will explore these theories in creative and critical work focused on ethics, authorship and language. Provides an Introductory chapter for students commencing with no literary studies background, and develops skills for writers re-entering tertiary education after an absence. Students will receive critical feedback integral to their writing practice.

Unit content

1. Introduction: Summary of ideas

2. Meaning and the circulation of meaning within cultures

3. Cultural values and creative practice

4. The question of authorship/ethics

5. Power and ethics (intertext)

6. Language and resistance in a globalised world

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Beatty, P, 2015, The Sellout, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , New York. ISBN: 9781786071460.
  • Riwoe, M, 2017, The Fish Girl, Brio Books, Australia. ISBN: 9781925589061.
  • Rose, H, 2016, The Museum of Modern Love, Allen and Unwin, Australia. ISBN: 9781760291860.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour  (12 weeks )
Structured online learning 2 hours  (12 weeks )
Short written response30%
Short written response30%

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