ENGL1000 Global Literatures

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Literature today exists in a global framework. Contemporary literature has responded to the challenge of globalisation with an extraordinary diversity of imaginative texts. This unit is designed to expose students to a range of literature from across the world and provide the intellectual equipment for dealing with the complexities that arise in reading literature in a transcultural context. As well as coming from different parts of the world, the texts are chosen for the way they represent the implications of a globalised world. Issues that feature in the unit include the movement of people across borders, the forces of global capitalism, the threat to local cultures, the influence of mass and new media, and the history of colonialism.

The aim of the unit is for students to develop a sense of the globalised world as it appears in literature. At the same time, students are encouraged to apprehend the determining effect that globalisation is having on literature. The unit also serves as an introduction, more generally, to the discipline of literary studies and its key techniques of reading closely as well as contextually.
Students are able to (1) apprehend issues of globalisation as they are expressed in creative writing; (2) negotiate cultural difference as a feature of texts in a globalised world; (3) comprehend the central critical debates that surround the emergence of global literatures; (4) identify connections between literary production and broader sociocultural, political and historical events; and (5) express in formal writing the issues that tie globalisation to literature, drawing on the evidence provided in literary works.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial or workshop participation; (2) research essay; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ned Curthoys
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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