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 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisite: 18 credit points
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Term 2 - 2019 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% 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 evaluation
'Great choices of novels to study.'
Ensure a range of contemporary literary texts continue to be set.
Action Taken
Set texts kept
Source: Student evaluation
'The books are quite long in a lot of cases, and there are a lot of them. I think students are very likely to only read about four or five during the course, so pre-warning of content might be useful.'
Revise the unit profile to make it clear that a big time commitment is needed to keep up with the reading in this unit. Also, clearly establish how many texts students are required to read in order to complete the unit.
Action Taken
Advised students of expected course load and required commitment at commencement of course and prior to census date.
Source: Unit coordinator observation
Students with no experience of literary studies struggled to understand the assessment requirements.
Consider introducing a prerequisite of one introductory-level literary studies unit.
Action Taken
Unit prerequisite is completion of 18 CPs
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment