Course Title: World Myths and Narratives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: World Myths and Narratives

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 1 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Bonny Cassidy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3792

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

In this course you will examine texts from a variety of languages, genres and historical periods including the present that qualify as world literature. You will read the texts in English. The selected titles will be read from two angles: through close reading of literary features, and also in the context of broader cultural issues such as, for example, the possibilities and presumptions of universal human experience, the nature of originality when reading works in translation, among others.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

- analytical reading skills
- a metalanguage for responding to literature
- research skills
- critical and creative writing skills.

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

- analyse a range of literary texts from a range of historical periods and originating from languages other than and including English

- critically read the literary works and communicate conceptual thinking about them as cross-cultural and cross-historical literary works

- analyse and evaluate the linguistic, thematic and narrative features of the selected literary texts

 - research electronic and print sources, and assess the usefulness of reference material for your purposes

- plan and compose crafted written responses to the selected texts.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning is structured around a weekly one-hour lecture and a two-hour tutorial.Lectures provide the background and frameworks for approaching the prescribed texts.Tutorials form the basis for text discussion and close analysis, and also for developing techniques in the craft of writing.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The required reading will comprise a range of selected texts and a dossier of commentary texts, which will be available from the RMIT Bookshop and RMIT Library.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Possible assessment includes tutorial activities and critical and creative writing tasks. 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 director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures.