Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will explore topics currently confronting contemporary society – such as climate change, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, or health and illness – offering insights on today’s Hot Topics through a literary and media lens. It will encourage students to dissect today’s most pressing social issues through texts spanning the distant past to the present moment in a variety of media. It will be appropriate for English and Creative Writing students, as well as students from further afield. To remain up to date, the topics covered will vary each time the course is offered, and information about this will be made available prior to the semester’s start.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ENGL2007. Students who have successfully completed ENGL2007 are not eligible to enrol in ENGL3018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Interpret literary and media works at an advanced undergraduate level.

2. Apply critical reasoning, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills to answer complex questions in areas of the Humanities.

3. Incorporate a diverse range of relevant creative and critical perspectives on topics of contemporary interest.

4. Communicate Humanities research to varied audiences using a variety of forms at an advanced level.


Content of this course will vary from year to year, and will be adverstised in advance.  Each time the course is offered it will focus on one (or more) of the Hot Topics confronting contemporary society. Topics will be explored from a variety of perspectives and through a range of literary and media texts.  These may include fiction, drama, poetry, film, and television, in print or digital forms. Students will be encouraged to develop their own critical or creative responses to the topic as a result of this study.


Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed ENGL2007.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal (20%)

Written Assignment: Review (20%)

Presentation: In-class Presentation (20%)

Project: Project (40%)

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.