ALL101 - The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Alyson Miller
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: ALL401
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour lecture (online) per week 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent


*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit will equip students with the vocabulary needed to talk about literary texts and invite students to think about the vital role that fictions play in giving shape to our identities. The unit approaches literature and literary study as important pathways to unlocking our identities and understanding our lives, affirming the potential for transformation of the self that literary texts and study offer. Set texts include classics from literature, contemporary film works and avant-garde texts.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply knowledge of literary history, modes, concepts, language to the real-world function of literary texts and literary study

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use a broad range of vocabulary in reading and analysis which include the comparative evaluation of texts and the critical investigation of crucial text-world relationships in a well-structured way using both oral and written communication

GLO2: Communication


Apply knowledge of how different social and cultural contexts have an impact on literature and language, and explore ethics relating to social conduct and responsibility in order to engage in a scholarly and professional manner in a local, national and international context

GLO3: Digital literacy


Employ a range of digital communication technologies to conduct literary research to express your knowledge and judgements in a variety of forms

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse, evaluate and synthesise knowledge and express your judgements and inquiries in a variety of forms and appropriate registers, with a growing understanding of literary studies conventions of writing and criticism to generate new, innovative and creative solutions

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective and self-directed practitioner to pursue life-long learning

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Introduction to Literary Studies Online Quiz 400 words 15% Week 2
Assessment 2 - Creative Essay + Critical Appendix  1500 words 30% Week 6
Assessment 3 - Blog 600 words 15% Week 9
Assessment 4 - Critical Essay 1500 words 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALL101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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