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Listening to Global Voices: World Literature and Cinema (11149.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit exposes students to a range of 'global voices' that have been largely excluded from the cultural mainstream, and examines questions about the interaction of culture and power. The unit crosses literary borders by engaging with dynamic texts in the form of spoken word, moving image, and recorded sound, to explore questions of colonisation and decolonisation; cultural identity and cultural change; migration and diaspora; belonging and exclusion. Students will be introduced to some key theoretical approaches for analysing these issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically analyse globally diverse texts (in various forms) in relation to questions of power and cultural identity;

2. Apply key theoretical frameworks to the analysis of diverse texts; and

3. Articulate a reflective understanding of some of the key cultural impacts of colonisation, decolonisation, and migration.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of a 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour tutorial on-campus per week.


Must have completed 24 credit points.



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