Course Title: Literature and Decolonisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Literature and Decolonisation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Rebecca Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2985

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City Campus 009.05.042

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email me for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to literary representations of colonialism and decolonisation. We will focus on decolonial approaches to literature; this will include extensive engagement with Indigenous and First Nations literary works.

You will examine and critically analyse how forms of colonialism function in literary representation and how these forms depend on the marginalization and exclusion of others. Textual forms you may study include short stories, novels, plays, poems, essays and films. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

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

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Describe categorizations of decolonization and colonialism and their representation in a range of textual works. 
  2. Identify and apply theoretical perspectives on decolonization and colonialism to the analysis of literary texts. 
  3. Critically analyse literary representations of decolonisation and colonialism. 
  4. Critically discuss the political implications of literary representations of decolonisation and colonialism. 

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Delivery could be face to face, online or a mix of both

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. These may include books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services . For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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. 

All assessment tasks are individually assessed. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1 - Reading and Listening Exercise Weight: 30% [Linked CLO 4]

Assessment Task 2 - Seminar Questions 30% [Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3]

Assessment Task 3 - Essay 40% Individuals [Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 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.