LANG 1015 Introduction to Literary Studies

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101907

Coordinator Helen Koukoutsis Opens in new window

Description This unit involves the close reading of literary texts to explore concepts about meaning-making including the use of language, narrative form, and issues of genre. The unit asks questions about the role and function of literature. For example: is literature's purpose to entertain readers, to provide them with emotional release, to represent the world, or to allow people to make meaning from their experience? The primary texts span three genres - fiction, poetry and drama. Students will learn about the different ways in which these literary forms are constructed and the contrasting ways in which they represent reality.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects COMM 1014 - English Text and Writing LANG 1016 - Introduction to Literary Studies (WSTC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Develop a personal and scholarly interpretation of literary texts.
  2. Analyse a range of literary texts according to their form.
  3. Interpret literary texts with regard to their generic characteristics.
  4. Distinguish between primary and secondary texts.

Subject Content

- Trope and figure in literary discourse
- narrative structure and form
- literary genre, form and function
- Narratology and literary criticism
- author and text

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer 700 words 25 N Individual
Essay 800 words 30 N Individual
Portfolio 1,400 words (1 x 800-word Essay; 3 x 200-word Reflections) 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Subject Reader

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Penrith (Kingswood)

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Subject Contact Helen Koukoutsis Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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