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EL2023 - American Literature

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

A selection of American fiction and poetry since 1850.

Learning Outcomes

  • to acquire the ability to read the set texts in their cultural and historical contexts;
  • to attain detailed knowledge of each of the set texts, their structures and narrative strategies;
  • to broaden and intensify the literary-critical skills and understanding attained by students at earlier levels, particularly where essay-writing and extra-literary issues are concerned;
  • to develop an understanding of how 20th century American writing engages with those myths;
  • to develop an understanding of the importance of some landmark American texts of the 19th century to the development of national myths;
  • to understand recent challenges to the authority of the American literary canon.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EL3023 EL5023

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); essays (40%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (40%).

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