Language, Literature and Society

Subject EDUC90511 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

October, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Hawthorn Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Ms Kerry Ellerington


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject explores the relationship between literary works and their language through the close reading and analysis of material in a range of genres. Students will examine the linguistic features of contrasting texts from different periods, and different sociolcultural and political contexts. They will be introduced to such critical concepts as narrative and dramatic structure, character, point of view in novels and drama, as well as poetic form, convention, persona, imagery and symbolism in a selection of poems.
Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
  • understand the relationship between a literary text and its language;
  • appreciate the power of language and literary texts to illuminate the political and sociocultural contexts in which they are produced;
  • analyse critically the language used in a range of literary texts;
  • understand a range of literary concepts and devices.
Assessment: Assignments totalling 4,000 words or equivalent (100%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of English as an International Language

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