USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

ENL3000 Modernism

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Modernism
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


Pre-requisite: ENL1000

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
This course should be completed during the student's last year in the program.


ENL3000 Modern Literature provides students with advanced content knowledge of a key period in the history of English Literature, covering both literary and critical materials. Students will engage with key critical debates in examination of literature of the early twentieth century.


This course will introduce students to English and European literatures of the early twentieth century. It will examine prose and poetry of the Modernist period as a means of framing reading strategies and critical debates. The course also considers the set texts within their socio-historical context.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced academic and professional literacy by explaining key concepts and theoretical issues in the culture of modernism;
  2. employ advanced cultural literacy in critically evaluating modern literature within its historical and cultural context;
  3. apply skills related to objectives 1 and 2 to advanced critical reading and practice with consistent use of academic norms underpinning academic integrity;
  4. compose pieces of writing that adhere precisely to disciplinary conventions, specifically tailored to different purposes;
  5. utilise management, planning and organisation skills by improving performance in the second research essay based on feedback from the first;
  6. consistently provide evidence of reflective practice and engagement through class or forum participation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Theory and practice of modern literature 25.00
2. Modernism in historical perspective 25.00
3. Critical reading and theoretical debate 25.00
4. Literature and social history 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Bowen, E 1999, To the north, Vintage Classics, London.
Eliot, TS 1964, Selected poems, Faber, London.
Joyce, J 2006, Dubliners, WW Norton, New York.
Kafka, F 1992, The transformation and other stories, Penguin, London.
Scott-Fitzgerald, F 2013, The great Gatsby, Penguin Modern Classics, London.
Silkin, J (ed) 1981, The Penguin book of first world war poetry, 2nd edn, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Woolf, V 2000, To the lighthouse, Longmans, Harlow.

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.
Bradbury, M & MacFarlane, J (eds) 1991, Modernism 1890-1930, Penguin, Harmondsworth.
Fussell, P 2000, The Great War and modern memory, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
McLouglin, K (ed) 2013, The modernist party, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
Potter, R 2012, Modernist literature, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PARTICIPATION 100 10 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
ESSAY 1 100 30 29 Mar 2021
ESSAY 2 100 40 10 May 2021
TAKE-HOME TEST 100 20 04 Jun 2021

  1. On-campus students are assessed based on class attendance and participation; online students are assessed based on forum participation. Participation includes advance preparation (completing the set reading) and actively contributing to discussion.

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 of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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

Assessment notes

  1. All students are to submit nominated assignments through Turnitin via the Assignment Submission link on Study Desk. Non-compliance with this request could result in assignment marks being withheld.

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 18 June 2021