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ENGL12-106: World Literature


This subject focuses on the power of literature to grow empathy and to increase our understanding of different conceptions of human life. Students will explore key texts which, although created in specific cultural and geographical locations for a local audience, have transcended those boundaries. These texts are being read in the global village, in multiple languages, in times different from their authorship. The investigation of these texts will give students an opportunity to understand the value of learning the myriad ways with which the human experience is depicted in literature. Furthermore, analysing how literary features, such as translation, impact our understanding of the world described in these stories, will enhance students’ capabilities as global citizens. The subject aims to develop a greater awareness of how studying world literature can create new, more responsible understandings of humanity.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the role of literature in conveying the diversity, depth and breadth of the human experience.
2. Display heightened analytic skills in critical inquiry of texts and knowledge systems and present that inquiry in a clear and cogent manner.
3. Understand the role of reading literature in developing arguments and conclusions for issues related to global citizenship and responsibility.
4. Appreciate and be able to comment meaningfully on the link between moral development and literary imagination.

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