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EL4070 - Contemporary British Literature

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

An advanced study of British literature in the last twenty years, this subject is intended to shed light on the fiction, poetry and drama of a country with an overwhelmingly rich literary heritage but an uncertain place in the world. The subject will also involve writing of other kinds e.g. autobiography, travel-writing and literary criticism.

Learning Outcomes

  • a sense of the British literary establishment, its ideological allies and opponents;
  • a thorough understanding of the set texts both in themselves, in relation to the British literary tradition and in the context of recent social developments in that country;
  • an awareness of the different perspectives on contemporary literature that emerge in different English-speaking countries;
  • an understanding of the new place of minority literatures in British culture.

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.
Prerequisites: EL3837
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EL4008

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Richard Lansdown.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); essays (50%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Richard Lansdown.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); presentations (20%); essays (50%).

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.