ALW242 - Poetry: Events in Language

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jonathan Dunk
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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 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent


This unit introduces students to one of the oldest and most fundamental forms of literary expression: poetry. The unit concentrates on poetry as a contemporary creative practice, with an emphasis on concepts and techniques that support poetic production. The unit concentrates on typographic forms of poetry, but it also looks beyond 'poetry of the page’, introducing students to digital and performative forms of poetry. Conceptually, the unit covers aspects of poetics such as catalogue, form and genre, ecopoetics, and beyond. The unit is designed to cater to students with diverse experiences in reading and writing poetry.

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

Demonstrate knowledge of poetic forms, language, techniques, and audience

GLO1: Discipline knowledge and capabilities


Close reading of poems in terms of their formal properties and historical context. Application of critical methodologies in the thematic and formal analysis of poetry

GLO4: Critical thinking


Investigate poetry and performances in order to understand how poetries can articulate new understandings of the world, cultures, and modes of being

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate self-management capacities in selection of relevant scholarly secondary material in which to understand and create informed engagements with a wide range of poetry

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate a capacity to work collaboratively in the development of a creative artefact or critical argument

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Exercise (creative portfolio & statement of practice) 2000 words
or equivalent
(creative portfolio: 1500 words; statement of practice:
500 words)
50% Week 6
Assessment 2 - Exercise (creative portfolio & statement of practice)  2000 words 
or equivalent
(creative portfolio: 1500 words; statement of practice:
500 words)
50% Week 12

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 ALW242
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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