Language, Literature and Society

Subject EDUC90511 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Education Student Centre
234 Queensberry Street
Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Essay 1: 1,000 words (25%), due week 5

Oral Presentation: 20 minutes, 1,000 words equivalent (25%), due week 8

Essay 2: 2,000 words (50%), due week 14

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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