English, Minor

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0009

Previous Code: SM1071.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

The English minor invites students to explore contemporary approaches to language, literary study and writing, including literary criticism and theory, linguistic analysis, genre and textual study, and creative writing. The English minor focuses on the imaginative workings of language, and students can study a wide selection of modern and classic literature, as well as the relationships between written texts and other media such as film and information technology. Students also have the opportunity to produce their own creative writing and to edit and publish their work. Career prospects include publishing, editing, teaching, writing and advertising.

Location

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Penrith Campus Internal enquiriesHCA@uws.edu.au

Minor Structure

Students must successfully complete 40 credit points as follows.

Please note all Bachelor of Arts students including Pathways to Teaching, Dean’s Scholars and double degrees must complete the structure under the heading Bachelor of Arts.

Please note all Bachelor of Creative Industries students including double degrees must complete the structure under the heading Bachelor of Creative Industries.

This minor is available to students in other Western Sydney University programs. If the minor is available on your campus, the program structure allows space for enrolment in the minor and pre-requisite requirements can be met, please follow the structure under the heading Bachelor of Arts. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Bachelor of Arts Students

Subject Title Credit Points
Select at least two of the following:20
Approaches to Text
Introduction to Literary Studies
Methods of Reading
The Value of Literature
Total Credit Points20

Additional subjects to complete the minor can be chosen from the above four subjects or from the pool subjects listed below.

Bachelor of Creative Industries Students

Creative Industries students will have already completed LANG 1015 Introduction to Literary Studies as their Introduction to Major subject as part of the core requirements of the program and must choose at least two from the following three subjects:

Subject Title Credit Points
Select at least two of the following:20
Approaches to Text
Methods of Reading
The Value of Literature
Total Credit Points20

Additional subjects to complete the minor can be chosen from the above three subjects or from the pool subjects listed below.

Pool Subjects

Note: Not all subjects will be offered each year. Subjects will be offered on a rotational basis.

Level 2 Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 2015Cultural History of Books and Reading10
COMM 2016Experimental Writing and Electronic Publication10
COMM 2020Introduction to Film Studies10
LANG 2033Literature and Decolonisation10
LANG 2050Medieval and Early Modern Literature10
LANG 2036Modern Australian Poetry and Poetics10
HUMN 2044Representing Everyday Life in Literary and Visual Cultures10
LANG 2039Sexual/Textual Politics in Victorian Women's Writing10
LANG 2044The Gothic10
PERF 2024The Musical10
LANG 2048Working Grammar10
LANG 2051Writing and Reading Sci-Fi and Fantasy10
COMM 2043Writing Fiction10

Level 3 Subject Pool

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 300119th Century American Literature10
LANG 300220th Century American Literature10
COMM 3005Australian Textual Studies10
LANG 3019Children's and Young Adult Fiction10
LANG 3018Children's Literature: Image and Text10
COMM 3006Cinema and Experience10
LANG 3100Comedy and Tragedy: Dramas of Death and Rebirth10
LANG 3027Creative Non-Fiction10
COMM 3013Creative Writing Project10
LANG 3028Crime Fiction10
LANG 3029Culture, Discourse and Meaning10
LANG 3033Film and Drama10
LANG 3050Introduction to Stylistics10
LANG 3059Law, Literature and Culture10
LANG 3061Literary Animals10
LANG 3062Literature and Philosophy10
CART 3001Modernism10
COMM 3024Modernity and Cinema10
LANG 3066Postcolonial Literatures: Partition, Dependence and Exile10
LANG 3068Race in Literature10
LANG 3069Reading Ireland in the 1990s: Fiction, Poetry, Drama10
CULT 3020Representing Crime10
LANG 3072Short Fiction in the Americas10
LANG 3086The Novel10
LANG 3087Women's Writing10
LANG 3089World Literature in Translation10
LANG 3091Writing and Society10
COMM 3041Writing For Performance10
COMM 3042Writing Poetry10

Equivalent minor subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this minor for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

LANG 3008 - Applied Critical Methods, no longer offered
LANG 3032 - English Literature After 1830, replaced by LANG 3094 The Value of Literature
LANG 3064 - Literatures of Decolonisation, no longer offered
LANG 2042 - Studies in Postcolonial Literature, no longer offered
CULT 3022 - Queering Text, no longer offered
LANG 3085 - Text and Discourse in English, replaced by LANG 3030 Discourse Analysis
LANG 3092 - The Space of Literature, no longer offered
LANG 3088 - Women, Travel and Empire, no longer offered
COMM 3043 - Writing Portfolio, no longer offered
BEHV 3013 - Humanities Internship, no longer offered as part of this major.

Note: The Level 3 subject BEHV 3013 Humanities Internship cannot count towards completion of SM1129 English Teaching Specialisation (Birth-5/Birth-12) or M1126 Education Studies Major - Primary English Teaching Specialisation for students enrolled in programs 1708 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12), 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary), 1822 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) Dean''s Scholars, 6017 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth-5/Birth-12), 6019 Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) as this would not satisfy the professional accreditation requirements for NESA.