Available in 2018
Course code

ENGL1000

Units

10 units

Level

1000 level

Course handbook

Description

Introduces students to key skills in the study of English literature and creative writing. We will examine a variety of texts written in different genres in order to develop an understanding of how writers across literary history have deployed the resources of language to convey their ideas and concerns. 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.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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 introductory-level 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 in writing at introductory undergraduate level;

5. Demonstrate skills in information literacy and use of technology at introductory undergraduate level;

6. Demonstrate understanding of ethics in disciplinary research;

7. Write analytic essays at introductory undergraduate level.


Content

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

As the focus of this course is upon interpretive skills, texts chosen to illustrate these topics may vary between offerings, but will be drawn from a variety of periods and genres.


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Short paper

Written Assignment: Personal Reflection

Quiz: Quizzes

Essay: Final Essay

Written Assignment: Poetry exercise


Contact hours

Callaghan

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Ourimbah

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks