Course Title: Literature's Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Literature's Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Daley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2824

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

In this course you will explore ethics in literature and the ethics of literature. Ethics in literature considers marginalised voices and perspectives represented in the literary work. The ethics of literature considers the relations that form or make literature, and can be viewed through the relations between: the writer and their work; between the text and reader; and between the writer and reader. These relations constitute literature and can be viewed as ways of approaching what this course names "literature’s ethics". We will explore these literary relations, their ethics, through our practices as readers of Indigenous Australian literature.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.


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

  1. View ethics as a mode of relationality
  2. Describe and evaluate the possibilities for literary works in representing marginalised voices
  3. Analyse and discuss literary work as a site of ethical activity
  4. Critically discuss the inter-relation of ethics and literature

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assignment 1: An Indigenist Framework for Reading Carpentaria. 30%. Addresses CLOs 1 and 2. 
Assignment 2: A Vocalised Reading of Carpentaria and Reflective Statement. 30%. Addresses CLOs 1, 2 and 3. 
Assignment 3: Listening to Carpentaria. Analytical OR Creative response. 40%. CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

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