Introduction to Literary Studies

Course code ENGL1000Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces students to key skills in the study of English and Creative Writing. We will examine a variety of texts written in different genres in order to develop an understanding of how writers have deployed the resources of language to convey their ideas and concerns. In particular, the course will focus on students' development of skills in literary analysis as preparation for further study of literature and/or creative writing. In addition to practice in essay writing, students will be offered the opportunity to experiment with creative writing in response to the material studied.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1) Recognise a variety of literary forms and identify key terms appropriate to understanding of works in those forms;
2) Demonstrate basic understanding of linguistic issues important in the analysis of literature in English;
3) Demonstrate skills in interpretation and analysis of literary works at introductory undergraduate level;
4) Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing at introductory undergraduate level;
5) Demonstrate skills in basic information literacy and use of technology;
6) Demonstrate basic understanding of ethics in disciplinary research;
7) Write analytic essays at introductory undergraduate level.
ContentAs the focus of this course is upon interpretive skills, texts chosen may vary between offerings. Topics covered will include:
* Poetics: how to read a poem
* Figures of speech
* Poetic form
* Narrative: how to read fiction and non-fiction
* Point of view
* Plot and narrative time
* Persona, narrative voice
* Characterisation
* Description
* Tone and register
* Intertextuality
* The importance of context (including genre) in interpreting literary texts
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAnalytic essay 40%

Short paper 15%

Reflection on course material 25%
Other: (please specify)Total equivalent 3500 words
Quiz - Class5 short quizzes (a few questions each) across semester; may be held in class or online 20%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL1000