English and Cultural Studies major

Studying English and Cultural Studies enriches students' understanding of major literary, cinematic and theatrical forms from English-speaking cultures across the globe by allowing students to explore many areas of reading, writing and performance. This major includes units in the literary history of Britain, America, Australia and postcolonial societies; creative writing and theatre; popular culture and film; and critical theory. The emphasis is on developing an understanding of how we communicate and of diverse forms of representation across time, culture and media.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) interpret texts produced in varied cultural and historical contexts with sensitivity to the generic dimensions, intertextual significance, and formal qualities of those texts; (2) research, evaluate and make use of critical scholarship in the discipline of English and Cultural Studies; (3) clearly express ideas, examples and arguments in appropriate written and oral forms; (4) deploy skills of critical analysis and independent critical reasoning; and (5) work effectively as a member of a collaborative group—in tutorial, workshop, rehearsal, and performance contexts according to specific course requirements.

Degree-specific major

English and Cultural Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

English and Cultural Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL1000 Global Literatures
S1 ENGL1002 Literary Classics
S1 ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age
Incompatibility:
ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures
S2 ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively
Incompatibility:
ENGL1113 Introduction to Creative Writing
S1 ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
GEND1902 Reading Bodies

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL2200 Jane Austen and her Legacy
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
2 ENGL unit
S2 ENGL2215 Modernism and the Avant-garde
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL3605 Modernism
S1 ENGL2401 Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television
Incompatibility:
ENGL2217 Reading Film
S2 ENGL2501 Creative Writing: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
Incompatibility:
ENGL2204 Theory and Practice of Creative Writing
S1 ENGL2602 Shakespeare and his World
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
or
MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 ENGL2604 Romanticism and Revolution
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL3001 Poetry and Poetics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2240 Cold Fire Poetry and Poetic Language
S2 ENGL3003 The Arthurian Legend
Prerequisites:
(MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
or
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
HUMA2294 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend; HUMA3394 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend;MEMS3003 Interdisciplinary Studies: The Arthurian Legend
S2 ENGL3200 Writing the Environment
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
level 2 ENGL unit
S2 ENGL3300 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
ENGL2702 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular
S2 ENGL3502 Making Theatre and Performance
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
S1 ENGL3601 Reading the Middle Ages
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 unit in English and Cultural Studies
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
S1 ENGL3602 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Screen
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2234 Shakespeare at the Movies
S1 ENGL3604 Victorian Dreams and the Technological World
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2223 Victorian Ideologies
S1 ENGL3801 Advanced Literary Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2291 Reading Theory

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the English and Cultural Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-EGCST

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the English and Cultural Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-EGCST-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

English and Cultural Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

English and Cultural Studies can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The English and Cultural Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL1000 Global Literatures
S1 ENGL1002 Literary Classics
S1 ENGL1401 Narrative in the Digital Age
Incompatibility:
ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures
S2 ENGL1501 Reading Creatively/Writing Creatively
Incompatibility:
ENGL1113 Introduction to Creative Writing
S1 ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
GEND1902 Reading Bodies

Level 2

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL2200 Jane Austen and her Legacy
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
2 ENGL unit
S2 ENGL2215 Modernism and the Avant-garde
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL3605 Modernism
S1 ENGL2401 Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television
Incompatibility:
ENGL2217 Reading Film
S2 ENGL2501 Creative Writing: Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
Incompatibility:
ENGL2204 Theory and Practice of Creative Writing
S1 ENGL2602 Shakespeare and his World
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
or
MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 ENGL2604 Romanticism and Revolution
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit

Level 3

Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL3001 Poetry and Poetics
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2240 Cold Fire Poetry and Poetic Language
S2 ENGL3003 The Arthurian Legend
Prerequisites:
(MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
or
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
HUMA2294 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend; HUMA3394 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend;MEMS3003 Interdisciplinary Studies: The Arthurian Legend
S2 ENGL3200 Writing the Environment
Prerequisites:
any level 1
or
level 2 ENGL unit
S2 ENGL3300 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
ENGL2702 Australian Literature: Classic and Popular
S2 ENGL3502 Making Theatre and Performance
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
S1 ENGL3601 Reading the Middle Ages
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 unit in English and Cultural Studies
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
S1 ENGL3602 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Screen
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2234 Shakespeare at the Movies
S1 ENGL3604 Victorian Dreams and the Technological World
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2223 Victorian Ideologies
S1 ENGL3801 Advanced Literary Theory
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2291 Reading Theory

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how English and Cultural Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-EGCST

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

English and Cultural Studies can also be taken as a degree-specific major.