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EL3021 - Australian Urban Fictions

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject offers an overview of the depiction and place of urban environments in Australian fiction. It begins with colonial debates about the relative merits of the city and the bush, then looks at selected twentieth-century presentations of city life, in Australian fiction and film, as well as work from other comparable cultures.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge and reflect on critical and literary- historical understanding of diverse means of representing urban space in literature;
  • demonstrate knowledge and reflect the historical context of the city in Australia and overseas;
  • analyse and synthesise concepts and theories in the set texts;
  • apply the literary-critical skills and understanding attained at earlier levels, particularly where essay writing and extra- literary issues are concerned.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor Michael Ackland.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: other exams (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essay on two authors (40%).

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Michael Ackland
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours - The expectation is that students will participate in 130 hours across the course of the Semester.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: other exams (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essay on two authors (40%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.