|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject will introduce students to a broad range of Indigenous-authored texts with a primary focus on writers from Australia. Texts explored will cover memoir and lifewriting, poetry and protest literature, short fiction, novel, genre fiction, writing for stage, film, and critical non-fiction. Students will be introduced to a range of Indigenous speakers and practitioners working critically with texts. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the skills of critical textual analysis of discursive, technical, and thematic elements in the preparation for the study of literary courses. Issues relating to the representation of race and Indigeneity in literature and film will be examined, in addition to the politics of Indigenous authorship, narrative voice, and self-empowerment.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have a knowledge and understanding of the emergence of contemporary Indigenous Australian literature;
- be able to confidently discuss discursive, technical and thematic aspects of Indigenous texts with a strong understanding of these elements;
- have developed an understanding of the role of different genres such as memoir, poetry and genre fiction in the field of Aboriginal self-representation, and;
- have developed an understanding of the role of Indigenous literature and self-representation as a means of empowerment.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- the ability to critically examine and analyse a variety of texts;
- ability to critically discuss technical aspects of text and film;
- competence in conveying ideas clearly and fluently in both written and spoken forms;
- effective research essay writing in response to the set texts, and;
- effective oral presentation skills.
Eligibility and requirements
100-010 Introduction to Literature; ENGL10004 Introduction to Literature
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- 1000 word critical essay (25%), due early in the semester
- 2000 word research essay (50%), due in the examination period
- Tutorial presentation equivalent to 1000 words (15%), due in the semester
- Class attendance and participation, ongoing (10%)
- Hurdle: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 1
Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Total 36 hours: 1x1hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial per week. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
Madeleine Clark email@example.com
Time commitment details
All resources will be made available on LMS at the beginning of semester.
- Subject notes
This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Bachelor of Arts (Extended)
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.