Course Title: Introduction to Literary Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Literary Studies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Daley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2824

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 9.4.28

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces students to the reading of literary texts through the genres of poetry, drama and fiction. The course is structured around explorations of language and storytelling and addresses key questions such as how language can evoke a shared world and also divide and liberate; how stories narrate the self and the world, and can also resist being told. These issues will be explored through a sample of representative texts across genres and literary periods.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

By the end of this course, you will have further developed their skills of language and textual analysis.

You will have clarified your understanding of the literary object, and built a repertoire of terms and concepts with which to talk about it.

You will have begun to see the relation of literature to wider social, cultural and political contexts.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. experience a variety of literary and textual forms
  2. develop close reading skills of literary and commentary works 
  3. examine language as an aesthetic, cultural and political tool
  4. develop a metalanguage for responding to literary works
  5. develop the conventions of academic research and writing.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning experiences may include interactive lectures, tutorials and group based activities. There will be both individual and group exercises to further develop ideas based explored in classes.
Interactive lectures provide the background for approaching the selected texts.
Tutorials form the basis for close-reading, group discussion, and research and writing activities.
Students are expected to complete the required reading before each tutorial.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. All relevant course materials and lists of suggested reading will be made available to you. You will also be expected to make extensive use of the library resources.

The required reading will be made up of canonical and contemporary poetry, plays and novels.

Useful secondary texts and a detailed referencing guide will be made available online.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on demonstrating how well you meet the learning outcomes for the course.

Assessment may include a range of activities such as presentations, essays, assignments, poety and drama responses.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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