Victorian Literature

Course code ENGL2005Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces students to the poetry and prose of the Victorian period, surveying texts published between 1831 and 1901. It examines the development of Victorian literature in relation to its intellectual, cultural and societal contexts: the development of theories of evolution, the rapid urbanisation and continuing industrialisation of England and the growth of the British Empire. The course commences with an historical survey of key Victorian thinkers, and then examines a range of Victorian fiction and poetry.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1) Recognise distinct themes and formal attributes of Victorian literature;
2) Demonstrate skills in interpretation and analysis of Victorian literature at intermediate undergraduate level;
3) Demonstrate the ability to communicate at intermediate undergraduate level;
4) Demonstrate skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research;
5) Write analytic essays at intermediate undergraduate level.
ContentContent of this course will vary from offering to offering, but will focus on the study of the development of Victorian literature from 1831 to 1901.
Replacing Course(s)ENGL1002 Romantic and Victorian Literature
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed ENGL1002 Romantic and Victorian Literature are precluded from enrolment in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to four written assignments (maximum equiv. 2500 words), which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, peer reviews, in-class or online tests and/or quizzes, wikis, or journal entries, totalling approximately 4000 words. (100%)
Other: (please specify)Student participation in class discussion may be assessed. Students will be notified in assessment documents at the beginning of the term whether and how participation will be assessed.

Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term