ALL260 - Australian Literature

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Trimester 3: Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Andrew Dean
Trimester 3: Evelyn Corr




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

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

Scheduled learning activities - online:

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


This unit introduces students to a range of Australian texts, including works of fiction, poetry, film, drama, life writing, and non-fiction. The unit examines texts from the pre-colonial period until today, focusing in particular on the late 19th century to the present. Both settler and Indigenous writers are surveyed on the unit, from Patrick White and Les Murray to Kim Scott and Leah Purcell. The unit prompts students to consider how stories affect our broader conceptions of nation, Australia and Australianness. Key moments in Australian literary history will be surveyed, including major scandals, responses to colonisation and political movements, and contemporary climate thought. Students will be introduced to a range of thematic, theoretical and aesthetic approaches that will extend their understanding of textual engagement and production.

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

Explain key theories, concepts and principles of history, forms and uses of Australia Literature

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Employ a range of generic and bibliographic digital communication technologies to conduct literary research and deliver scholarly written work

GLO5: Problem solving


Explain key theories, concepts and principles of literary scholarship, including the methodologies of close reading, critical analysis and written presentation informed by relevant research

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate and document autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skill development, as a reflective practitioner in literary studies and profession

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Exercise 2000 words
or equivalent
500 word reflection on peer feedback)
50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% 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 ALL260
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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