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Introduction to Indigenous Literature (ENGL10004)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeENGL10004
Semester 1
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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





Non-allowed subjects

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


Additional details

  • 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 deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: 1x1hr lecture and 1x2hr tutorial per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    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.

  • 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.

Last updated: 9 October 2019