Courses & Units

Australian Literature HEN314

Launceston, Hobart



This unit will consider major authors and texts, developments and trends in Australian Literature. It examines Australian literature as a regional, national, and international literature with a set of distinct and vibrant cultures. Students will consider the histories, preoccupations, and functions of literature within Australian culture, and topics studied may include: the literary response to place and landscape; colonialism and postcolonialism; class, race and gender; the evolution of Australian literary culture; contemporary developments in Australian writing; and the relationship of fiction, theatre, and poetry to national history.


Unit name Australian Literature
Unit code HEN314
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English
Coordinator Doctor Robert Clarke
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • close reading skills: (undertake close reading of australian literary prose, poetry, drama, and film);
  • critical engagement: (critically engage with australian literary prose, poetry drama, and film with reference to significant themes of modern australian society and life: e.g. class, race, gender, globalization, etc.);
  • knowledge:(knowledge of specific texts, and trends, debates, and institutions within australian literary and film cultures, as well as knowledge of significant themes in australian society and culture
  • research skills: (conduct research to locate secondary critical sources that can inform reading and engagement with australian literature and film);
  • academic writing and presentation skills: (present the results of analyses of australian literature and film in a number of forms including academic essay and class presentations).
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091523 $493.00 $493.00 not applicable $1,729.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


AssessmentPresentation (individual or group) (30%)|Essay (30%)|Essay (40%)
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