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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (English)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * four core subjects

    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-013  Beowulf     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-015  Backgrounds to English Literature
    This subject examines a range of Classical and Christian works to establish how and why they have been influential in Western literature and thought. Students who complete this subject successfully will have read a representative range of Classical l...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-024  Introduction to Old English A
    This subject is an introduction to the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons from 750 to 1150, focusing on both prose and poetry, read in the original. The basic grammar of Old English is taught. Students are introduced to linguistic concepts a...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-033  Colonial and Postcolonial Writing
    In this subject students examine fiction by canonical British authors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries who are famous for their treatment of colonial themes like Orientalism, slavery, the civilizing mission, Manichean allegory , beachcombi...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-035  Genre Fiction/Popular Fiction
    This subject takes popular fiction as a specific field of cultural production. Students will analyse various definitive features of that field: popular fiction's relations to 'literature', genre and identity, gender and sexuality, the ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-038  Medievalism in Contemporary Culture     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-045  Aboriginal Writing
    This subject studies Aboriginal fiction, poetry and drama, as well as life stories and criticism, focusing on questions of reading positions (particularly for non-Aboriginal students) and representation. It pays particular attention to the diversity ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-046  Wild Writing: The Australian Imaginary     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-047  Art/Pornography/Blasphemy/Propaganda
    This subject provides an introduction to the history and politics of censorship of the arts in the West since the 1890s. It examines the contested boundaries between art and its presumed 'others' - pornography, blasphemy and propaganda - by...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-052  Gothic Fictions     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-053  Chaucer and the Birth of the Author     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-058  Scandal, Sex and Sentiment     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-060  Decadent Literature
    This subject examines decadence as a textual, historical, sexual and cultural formation, across a range of literary texts of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A predominantly masculine mode of radical aestheticism, manifesting symptoms of...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-210  Romance and Melancholia     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-213  Art, Ideology and Doctrine, 400-1000     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-214  The Enlightenment and its Others
    This subject explores some of the tensions in the project of the European Enlightenment by examining a series of literary and other texts which articulate its dark side or the areas of life which are not amenable to enlightened reason: slavery, sexua...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-216  Victorian Crime Writing
    The nineteenth century saw the development of a new type of fiction, which demonised the villain and elevated the detective to heroic status. This subject will introduce students to the study of crime fiction as a literary genre and will also conside...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-219  Literature, Cyberspace & Virtual Reality     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-227  Modernism and Avant Garde     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-228  American Classics
    In this subject, students will study major American literary works from the nineteenth century. Besides learning about the texts' style and the original historical contexts in which they were written and read, they will also be introduced to som...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-229  Travel Writing and Travel Texts
    This subject examines a wide range of travel writing texts from the early eighteenth century onwards. Some of the texts are imaginary voyages, some are non-fictional works prompted by scientific curiosity, commerce, colonization, diplomacy, explorati...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-230  Reverberations of Terror: 1789-1900
    This subject introduces nineteenth-century political writing, tracing the cultures of radicalism, reaction and liberal reform that emerged after the Napoleonic Wars. It focuses on the age of mass resistance, and the often-fearful reactions dissent in...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-239  The Novel & the Invention of the Modern     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-240  Introduction to Theory
    This subject provides a course of intensive reading of four theorists whose work is broadly relevant to literary and cultural studies. These may include Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Pierre Bourdieu, Julia Kristeva, Frances Ferguso...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-361  Critical Debates     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-218  Romanticism, Feminism, Revolution
    This subject maps the intertwined (and sometimes antagonistic) trajectories of Romanticism and early Feminism, as they emerge in Britain in the wake of the American and French Revolutions. Drawing on prose, poetry and drama from this period (includin...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-036  Postmodernism
    This subject is an introduction to the major theories of postmodernism as a cultural and aesthetic category and postmodernity as a socio-historical concept, demonstrating their application to the critical analysis of literature, cinema, television an...     Semester 1     12.50

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