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Literary Studies: The Novel (11152.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory 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 is an introduction to various literary studies methodologies through a study of the novel as a dominant literary form. Reading a diverse and challenging range of novels, students identify the conventions that characterise the novelistic genre, situating them in their specific literary contexts and their broader historical, social, and political dimensions.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate familiarity with and employ a range of literary studies methodologies to critically engage with literary works; and

2. Demonstrate in written and oral forms ability to critically and creatively analyse the formal, historical and aesthetic properties of novels.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 1 hour lecture and one 1.5 hour interactive workshop/tutorial on-campus per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Written and spoken English of a standard sufficient to read complex texts in English.

Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8144 Literary Studies: The Novel.

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