The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


EPHUMA244 introduces students to a variety of critical approaches related to genre and adaptation applicable to the study of literature and film. Students are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively as they develop the research and essay-writing skills necessary for study at a tertiary level.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the structures and techniques used in various forms of literature and film

2. Explain terminology used in the analysis of literature and film, and ways it can be used

3. Identify and describe a variety of critical approaches that may be employed in the study of literature and film

4. Develop independent responses to a variety of imaginative texts

5. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in small groups

6. Select and employ the skills necessary to think critically and respond appropriately in oral and written form to a variety of fictional texts

7. Write an academic essay at a level suitable for successful study at the introductory undergraduate level


The course explores how the conventions of genre and adaptation can be applied to the study of film and literature. In the first module, students study the interrelated genres of pulp fiction and film noir through analysis of selected films, a pulp fiction novel, and a graphic novel. The second module on adaptation features the examination of a variety of cinematic and literary interpretations of the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Online Learning Activity: Online Posts

Essay: Major Essay

Presentation: Group Presentation

Written Assignment: Reflection Task

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks