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AUST11-100: Australian Literature


This subject presents a detailed, critical exploration of how Australia’s creative writers have constructed the Australian identity. Through the eyes of our great story-tellers, students examine the key issues and questions about the development of a distinctive Australian culture. Students 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. The subject explores 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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

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.

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