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AUST11-100: Australian Literature January 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides a detailed, critical exploration of how Australia’s creative writers have constructed the Australian identity. Through the eyes of our great story-tellers, the subject provides students with extensive knowledge of the key issues and questions in the development of a distinctive Australian culture. Students will encounter a rich diversity of literature, from the nineteenth century bush poetry of A.B. “Banjo” Paterson, to the more mature and highly experimental works of our great twentieth century writers. It will explore Australian cultural traditions, and includes discussion of social and historical developments in Australia & the rest of the world as seen through the eyes of our creative writers. Students’ knowledge of Australia, its people, and its culture will be enriched by an exploration of some relationships between visual art, film and literature.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:AUST11-100
Subject title:Australian Literature
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Grant, Pat. (2012). Blue. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions
  • Keneally, Thomas (2019). A Dutiful Daughter. Melbourne: Text Publishing
  • McGahan, Andrew Praise. any,
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Display a sophisticated knowledge of the diversity, breadth and importance of Australian literature, and the way in which it creates and critically reflects upon the values of Australian society.
  2. Display comprehension skills to a level of sophistication that produces swift analysis and synthesis of information, along with a heightened development of problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  3. Collect, analyse and organise information and ideas in a well-planned and timely fashion, and to convey those ideas clearly and fluently in written and spoken communication.
  4. Engage in critical inquiry and think critically about existing knowledge bases. Demonstrate skills necessary for the presentation of persuasive arguments in written and spoken communication.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Students will be graded on their participation in and contribution to tutorial discussions. 10% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay Students will submit a written assignment in week 11. This critical book review of a major literary work; a novel selected by a student, will be approximately 1500 words long. 50% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
Project Students will deliver a presentation to the tutorial in a week and topic of their choosing. The presentation will run for 15-20 mins in weeks 4-8. 40% To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This week, students will probe the meanings of the term ‘Australian literature’ through an analysis of texts by key writers of the nineteenth century. Students will explore notions such as the ‘the bush’ and ‘the bushman’, to tease out notions of national identity creation in early Australian literature.

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Students will analyse the critique of Australia’s violent colonial origins as depicted in various texts over the course of Australia’s literary history.

Students will explore the critique of contemporary Australian society found in many texts by contemporary Indigenous authors. Students will encounter a selection of texts by indigenous authors and analyse the techniques used by these writers to critique the treatment of indigenous Australians in contemporary Australian society.

Students will explore key texts that consider how landscape, isolation, and islandness, have contributed to the construction of Australian identities.

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By analysing various key texts, students will navigate the complex relationship Australian have with suburbia. Students will explore literature that critiques, celebrates and is ambivalent to the suburbs. Students will further interrogate the relationship between suburbia and national identity.

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Through encountering a variety of texts by Australian authors who immigrated, or came as a refugee to Australia, students will consider the important role that immigration has played in shaping and critiquing notions of national identity.

By exploring a selection of Australian graphic literature students will engage with the unique way that Australian artists and writers have depicted and critiqued Australian culture.

Students will discover the varied themes that emerge in Australian writing specifically about the beach and beach culture. Students will discuss the prominence of the beach in Australian notions of identity.

Through an analysis of ‘grunge’ literature, specifically from Brisbane, students will explore the idea of regionalism in Australian literature and the critique of mainstream culture found in grunge writing. Students will also gain an awareness of how the features of a city could shape identity.

Students will discuss their ideas and planning for their final assessment item with the lecturer. The lecturer will provide feedback and advice to help them with their projects.

Focusing on a selection of the work of Tim Winton, students will explore the ways that the author depicts the west-Australian desert and coastline to critique contemporary Australia.

Students will review and discuss the subject material and its major themes.

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Approved on: Jan 15, 2021. Edition: 5.0