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ENL1001 Australian Stories

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Australian Stories
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jessica Gildersleeve

Other Requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Australian Stories offers students knowledge content and critical skills that are valued in many fields. It is the second course in the English Literature major and is offered in the interdisciplinary majors for Australian Studies, Popular Culture and Writing & Society. The course is also regularly recommended to students in Education programs. The skills in reading, interpretation, research, and essay writing taught in this course remain useful throughout a student’s program of study and beyond, as attributes in postgraduate study, general employability, and lifelong learning.


This course serves as an introduction to Australian stories and the role they play in the formation of cultural identities. It examines the heterogeneity of Australian culture through its stories and will direct particular attention to the way in which narrative reimagines social, cultural and political values.


On completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. apply disciplinary concepts and cultural literacy in explaining the relationship between form and theme in selected Australian narratives as the product of particular social, cultural and political formations;
  2. employ basic written disciplinary communication skills by expressing an analytical argument in written form using appropriate disciplinary conventions;
  3. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by competently using a vocabulary of critical terms to apply to the reading of texts;
  4. utilise learned discipline-based information literacy in identifying appropriate secondary sources for use in researching a response to an essay task;
  5. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying norms and practices of academic integrity;
  6. consistently provide evidence of reflective practice through participation in course discussion and by improving performance in the second research essay based on feedback from the first.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Creating and critiquing the legend 20.00
2. The Australian dream 20.00
3. Multiculturalism and migration 20.00
4. Indigenous perspectives 20.00
5. Genre in Australia 20.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Cleven, V 2001, Bitin' Back, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.
Lawler, R 2012, Summer of the seventeenth doll, Currency Press, Melbourne.
Lawrence, R (dir) 2001, Lantana, Palace Films.
Le, N 2009, The Boat, Vintage, London.
Lette, K & Cary G 2012, Puberty Blues, Vintage, Melbourne.
Malouf, D 2008, Johnno, Penguin, Melbourne.
Tsiolkas, C 2005, Dead Europe, Atlantic, London.
Weir, P (dir) 1975, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Greater Union Films.
Other texts will be available online on Study Desk and are required to be accessed.

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bennett, A & Royle, N 2016, An introduction to literature, criticism and theory: key critical concepts, 5th edn, Pearson Longman, New York.
Eagleton, T 2008, Literary theory: an introduction, 3rd edn, Oxford, Blackwell.
Murfin, R & Ray, SM 2018, The Bedford glossary of critical and literary terms, 4th edn, Bedford/St Martins, Boston.
Webby, E 2000, The Cambridge companion to Australian Literature, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 100 30 23 Aug 2021
ESSAY 2 100 30 20 Sep 2021
TAKE HOME TEST 100 30 22 Oct 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other Requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Assignments should be typed and must be double spaced. The new MLA style must be used in documenting all assessment items. See Study Desk for details.

  3. Tape recording of tutorials and lectures is prohibited except in special cases at the discretion of the examiner

Date printed 8 November 2021