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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should:

    * experience recent developments in literary and/or cultural studies;
    * develop an understanding of methodological and theoretical approaches at an advanced level in the discipline;
    * gain expertise equivalent to an honours degree in a particular specialist area of study.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English)
  • Course description
        * Thesis subject (37.5 points)
        * One compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * Four elective subjects (50 points)

    A total of 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-509  English Thesis
    Topics selected in consultation with the coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Compulsory subject

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-401  Research Principles and Practices
    This subject is designed to equip students with the comprehensive skills necessary for the successful construction and completion of intellectually sophisticated and commercially competitive research projects. This subject constitutes a detailed but ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-400  Theatres of Migration and Exile     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-403  Reading the Subject: Freud/Fiction/Lacan
    The subject provides an introduction to the basic tenets of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and some of the challenges and criticisms they have attracted. It examines the influences of psychoanalysis on representations of subjectivity and...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-405  Anthologies of Anglo-Saxon Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-409  Celebrity Cultures     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-414  Medieval Representations     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-416  Theatre, Politics, Ideology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-417  The Libertine Moment
    This subject examines libertinism as a social and literary formation at the court of Charles II (1660-1685) through the exemplary figure of the Earl of Rochester. An influential courtier and nobleman as well as a witty and obscene poet, Rochester&apo...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-418  The Bounty Saga and British Romanticism     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-422  Poetry: The Versatile Imagination
    This subject explores originality and diversity in poetry of several centuries and different countries, with some attention to context and reception. Students who complete this subject should be acquainted with a significant range of poems from the l...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-423  Romanticism and Modernity
    This subject offers an introduction to romanticism as a paradigmatic discourse of modernity, with particular emphasis on questions of gender, aesthetics and subjectivity. It also examines aspects of the role played by the ideology and discourse of ro...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-430  Subcultural Studies
    This subject studies texts and events relating to various subcultural formations, including gangs, music subcultures, drug cultures, neo-pagans, sexed subcultures, bohemias, underworlds, body art cultures and virtual communities. The subject asks stu...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-433  Genre Interventions
    The subject teaches an understanding of genres in their social, historical and theoretical contexts. It will focus on the analysis of texts working in a range of literary and non-literary genres (the joke, the blog, the crime novel, the curse, the no...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-454  Melancholy in Australian Literature
    This subject will explore melancholy in Australian literature and its relation to contemporary cultural and political formations. Students will read contemporary writers who express the tedium-vitae of late modernity, (eg. Houellebecq, Sebald) and tr...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-457  Literary Pleasure
    This subject examines the uses and abuses of literary pleasure, considering it as a category of analysis that develops historically from the eighteenth century with the emergence of literature as an institution and disciplinary formation. Through a s...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-458  Dickens and the Condition of England
    Widely regarded as one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century, Charles Dickens was responsible for some of the most memorable novels of the period and is viewed as one of the first transatlantic literary celebrities. This subject wil...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-459  Postcolonial Writing and Theory     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-464  Cosmic Pandemonium in Paradise Lost
    This subject explores the great revolutions of the English seventeenth century through the prism of John Milton's epic Paradise Lost (1667, 1674). Weekly seminars will offer a close reading of each of the 12 books of the poem in the context of s...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-467  Latin Paleography and Codicology
    Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages. They will complete exercises in transcription and learn to implement their new edi...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-468  The Black Presence in American Fiction
    In this subject students study the ways in which American writing of both the 19th and the 20th centuries has been both haunted and preoccupied by the black presence. Focusing on a range of canonical literary texts and critical articles that relate l...     Semester 1     12.50

    131-423  Medieval Manuscripts & Early Print
    This interdisciplinary advanced seminar will explore some of the key features and themes of manuscript and print cultures in Central and Western Europe from the 13th to 17th centuries, a time of radical change in communication technology and of major...     Semester 2     12.50

    760-418  Postmodern Theatre     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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