LITR19057 - Contemporary Australian Literature

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.81% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback Self Evaluation
Students were satisfied with the learning resources made available, prescribed novels and the assessment tasks, which were cited as challenging yet informative.
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.
Action Taken
The number of set texts was maintained but the reading requirement was reduced to one set text and a choice of 3 others, allowing students the flexibility to choose those in their areas of interest and study them in depth.
Source: Student Feedback
Engagement between students needs improvement.
Investigate the use of Microsoft Teams to increase student engagement.
Action Taken
Microsoft Teams was introduced to the unit this term and some students engaged in some valuable discussions and interactions. As students become more familiar with this tool, its usage may increase.
Source: Have your Say student feedback Emails with students Unit Coordinator reflection
The flexibility of being able to choose different novels for study and the different approaches in assessment tasks is appreciated by students.
Continue the refreshed model of the unit, and update material as required.
Action Taken
Source: Have your Say student feedback Unit Coordinator reflection
Microsoft Teams was embraced by some students, who engaged in valuable discussions about the novels and related issues, however, overall it was not widely utilised.
Continue offering Microsoft Teams, and investigate ways to engage more students in valuable discussions.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment