Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Click on an offering mode for more details.

Unit Overview


This unit explores the theme of the journey in writing from the distant past to the present. The journey comes in many written forms—quest, pilgrimage, exploration, emigration, wandering, travel and tourism. Journey texts capture the aspirations of the places and times in which they are written, but they also may reveal a society's challenges, fears and anxious confrontations with cultural difference. The unit introduces students to the reading of imaginative literature within particular historical contexts and is a good preparation for further study in both past and contemporary literatures.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) familiarise themselves with a range of English literary genres over a broad historical period; (2) recognise and analyse significant features of literary form through comparative study of the literary treatment of a continuing theme; (3) gain knowledge of some of the major modern methodological and theoretical reflections on understanding literature; (4) identify connections between literary production and broader sociocultural, political and historical movements; (5) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; (6) contribute thoughtfully and constructively to group discussion; (7) develop an understanding of the need to engage with secondary critical material rather than merely quote from it; (8) receive a critical introduction to a range of different reading strategies important in theory and culture; (9) begin developing university-level skills of analysis, reasoning, interpretation and research; (10) produce, recognise and value creative and original forms of thought and expression; and (11) acquire skills of independent, enquiry-based learning essential to learning in a university and professional career context.


Assessment information is provided in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peta Beasley
Unit rules
ENGL1114 Romance: Narratives of Imagination
Contact hours
3 hrs per teaching week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.