CQUniversity Unit Profile
LITR19057 Contemporary Australian Literature
Contemporary Australian Literature
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General Information

Overview

The aim of Contemporary Australian Literature is to show how Australia as a nation is imagined through various contemporary works of literature (fiction, poetry, short stories, poetry), particularly from the immediate post-war period until now (1945 onwards). Students will explore the ways in which Australian identities are constituted, changed and challenged by these texts, through a variety of critical perspectives and contexts of reception.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 18 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback Self Evaluation

Feedback

Students were satisfied with the learning resources made available, prescribed novels and the assessment tasks, which were cited as challenging yet informative.

Recommendation

Continue to provide an interesting scope of texts but reduce the workload by offering students a choice of a lower number of novels that must be read in full across the 12 weeks.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Engagement between students needs improvement.

Recommendation

Investigate the use of Microsoft Teams to increase student engagement.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyse a range of contemporary Australian literary texts and authors, as well as the historical contexts in which these texts were written and are read;
  2. Identify, analyse and evaluate significant critical debates surrounding the reception of contemporary Australian literature;
  3. Demonstrate clear critical thinking skills in sound textual and thematic analyses; and,
  4. Collect, analyse and organise information and ideas about Australian literature, and to convey those ideas clearly in writing
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Written Assessment - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

Students need to have access to the following text by Week 2 (print or electronic format):

- Johnston, G 1964, My brother Jack

And access to a choice of at least three (3) of the following texts from Week 5 (print or electronic format):

- Lawler, R 1953, Summer of the seventeenth doll

- Malouf, D 1975, Johnno

- Carey, P 1981, Bliss

- Modjeska, D 1994, The orchard

- Wright, A 2006 Carpentaria

- Tsiolkas, C 2008, The slap

- Winton, T 2012 Dirt music

Note: dates refer to year first published, later reprints are acceptable.

If you prefer a paper novel, they can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: https://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Leanne Dodd Unit Coordinator
l.dodd@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 1: Critical Theory

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section 1: Introduction

Meet & Greet Zoom session and queries (time and link available in Virtual Classes tile).

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

My Brother Jack (Novel 1)

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 2: Textual Analysis
Read: My Brother Jack

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

My Brother Jack

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 3: Reflective Writing

Read: Close reading and analysis: My Brother Jack

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section 2 - My Brother Jack

        Begin Critical Reflection - Assessment 1

Zoom Drop In - Assessment 1 queries (time and link available in Virtual Classes tile).

Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

My Brother Jack

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section 2 - My Brother Jack cont'

       Complete Critical Reflection and check against

       Assessment Criteria before submitting


ASSESSMENT 1 - CRITICAL REFLECTION Due: Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 2

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 5: Introduction to Book Reviews
Read: Novel 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Break

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 2

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 6

Read: Close reading and analysis: Novel 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section - Novel 2 

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 2

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 7: Writing Academic Book Reviews

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section - Novel 2 cont'

        Begin Book Review - Assessment 1

Zoom Drop In - Asessment 2 queries (times and link available in Virtual Classes tile).

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 3

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 8
Read: Novel 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Complete Book Review and check against

       Assessment Criteria before submitting


ASSESSMENT 2 - BOOK REVIEW Due: Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 3

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 9

Read: Close reading and analysis: Novel 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section - Novel 3

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 4

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 10: Essay Writing
Read: Novel 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Novel 4

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 11

Read: Close reading and analysis: Novel 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Topic section - Novel 4

       Begin Essay

Zoom Drop In - Assessment 3 queries (times and link available in Virtual Classes tile).

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Conclusion

Chapter

Read: Study Guide Wk 12: Conclusion

Events and Submissions/Topic

Do: Complete Essay and check against

       Assessment Criteria before submitting


ASSESSMENT 3 - ESSAY Due: Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT 1 - CRITICAL REFLECTION

Task Description

Length: 1000 words (+/- 10%)

This assessment task will allow you think critically about your experience of reading the text and related scholarly material. Reflective writing is different to essay writing, so please ensure that you have read the resources provided to understand what is required of you.

Assessment Task


My Brother Jack is a bildungsroman which explores a range of contextual themes pertinent to Davey and those around him. Choose one of these themes (e.g. wartime nationalism, propaganda, post-war trauma, the working class, gender stereotyping, the search for identity, sibling rivalry, domestic violence, drunkenness) and write a critical reflection that:

  • describes the key ideas you have learnt about your chosen theme, supported by evidence from the text
  • analyses how the text has challenged or reinforced your thinking about Australian ideologies and/or identity
  • evaluates at least two (2) scholarly views/debates surrounding the text


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (27 Aug 2021)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be evaluated on your ability to:

  1. Develop a coherent critical reflection in response to the topic question, drawing in your experience of the text and related materials;
  2. Analyse the chosen novel, supported by direct textual analysis (paraphrases, quotations and descriptions);
  3. Effectively use of a range of academic sources (minimum of 2 scholarly sources) to support both reflection and analysis;
  4. Express yourself clearly and effectively, writing with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation;
  5. Appropriately acknowledge of all sources using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and analyse a range of contemporary Australian literary texts and authors, as well as the historical contexts in which these texts were written and are read;
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate significant critical debates surrounding the reception of contemporary Australian literature;
  • Demonstrate clear critical thinking skills in sound textual and thematic analyses; and,
  • Collect, analyse and organise information and ideas about Australian literature, and to convey those ideas clearly in writing


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT 2 - BOOK REVIEW

Task Description

Length: 1250 words (+/- 10%) - Book Review 1000 words, Pitch up to 250 words

You may select any one (1) novel from the Text List for this assessment. Note: The novel you select for this assessment cannot be those used for Assessments 1 or 3.

Writing and publishing book reviews can enhance your professional profile, and may be an item you could add to your professional portfolio or CV.

Assessment Task


For this assessment you are required to source an Australian literary newspaper or journal that accepts book reviews, then write a Book Review targeted at that publication based on a close reading of your selected novel.

You should model your review on the kind of book reviews you find in your selected literary newspaper or journal. DO NOT model your review on the kinds of reviews you might find on the GoodReads or Amazon.com websites. These reviews tend to be solely focused on whether the book is enjoyable to read or not; in your review, you will be thinking much more broadly about the strengths and weaknesses of the book and its contribution to literary culture.

Some examples of appropriate publications include (but are not limited to):

  • Review section of the Weekend Australian,
  • Weekend supplements to The Age or the Sydney Morning Herald
  • Australian Book Review
  • Sydney Review of Books
  • TEXT Journal
You will be expected to read your selected novel and also to do some further research about the history of the book and the way it has been viewed by other readers and critics. Your Book Review should follow the tone/guidelines of your chosen publication, as applicable, but for the purposes of this assessment it should comply with the specified word count above and cover the following points:

  • A brief pitch to the publication outlining how/why it fits their review section (no more than 250 words, included before Book Review)
  • Your own thesis about the novel's themes and significance, supported throughout by evidence from the text and 2-3 scholarly sources
  • A concise summary of the content/plot - do not just retell the story
  • A brief discussion of the historical and/or social context - how did this impact on the novel?
  • An analysis of the main themes - what was the author trying to convey?
  • An evaluation of the significance or contribution to Australian literature/identity - was the author successful?


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (10 Sep 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (24 Sep 2021)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Identification and analysis of the novel’s main themes
  2. Understanding of the novel’s historical and/or social context
  3. Cogent evaluation of the work’s significance to Australian literature/identity
  4. Inclusion of evidence from the text and 2-3 scholarly sources, with appropriate acknowledgement of all sources using the Harvard (author-date) style
  5. Clear and effective writing, with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and analyse a range of contemporary Australian literary texts and authors, as well as the historical contexts in which these texts were written and are read;
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate significant critical debates surrounding the reception of contemporary Australian literature;
  • Demonstrate clear critical thinking skills in sound textual and thematic analyses; and,
  • Collect, analyse and organise information and ideas about Australian literature, and to convey those ideas clearly in writing


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
ASSESSMENT 3 - ESSAY

Task Description

Length: 2500 words (+/- 10%)

You may select any two (2) novels from the Text List for this assessment. Note: The novels you select for this assessment cannot be those used for Assessments 1 or 2.

This assessment will allow you to pull together all the skills you have learned this term in exploring a topic of interest to you in relation to Contemporary Australian Literature.

Assessment Task


Referring to the essay writing resources provided, write an essay on one (1) of the following topics:

  1. ‘Australian land and urban-scapes, frequently barren in themselves, are often metaphors for psychic and emotional quests characterised by disintegration and loss’. Discuss with reference to at least two of the set texts.
  2. Sneja Gunew and Kateryna Longley argue that ‘Those who don't fit into the dominant historical narrative, who are not assimilated, either exist as boundary markers, token figures, or are consigned to the margin and thus either to invisibility or to permanent opposition.’ Discuss with reference to at least two of the set texts.
  3. Students may consult with the lecturer to create your own analytical topic in relation to contemporary Australian literature, and discuss with reference to your two selected texts. Please email me at l.dodd@cqu.edu.au for approval of your topic. Topics must be approved at least one week before the due date for this option.

The essay must include in-depth textual analyses of your chosen texts as well as references to a range of scholarly sources (minimum of 5).


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (8 Oct 2021) 11:55 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be marked using the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Development of a convincing and coherent argument in response to the question
  2. Engagement with key concepts relating to contemporary Australian literature, as relevant to the chosen essay question
  3. The relevance, insight and depth of textual analysis of the chosen novels, supported by paraphrases and quotations from the text
  4. Effective use of a range of academic sources (minimum of 5) to support both argument and analysis, with appropriate acknowledgement of all sources using the Harvard (author-date) referencing style.
  5. Clear and effective writing, with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and analyse a range of contemporary Australian literary texts and authors, as well as the historical contexts in which these texts were written and are read;
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate significant critical debates surrounding the reception of contemporary Australian literature;
  • Demonstrate clear critical thinking skills in sound textual and thematic analyses; and,
  • Collect, analyse and organise information and ideas about Australian literature, and to convey those ideas clearly in writing


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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