ENGL1002 Literary Classics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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 B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Austen, Woolf: what makes a literary classic?

In this unit students study a number of literary classics, partly to become acquainted with some of the greatest works of literature, but also to try and understand the value judgements that underpin the status of these works. Are they only 'classic' by common agreement, or do they have properties that make them so?
Students are able to (1) to study literary works of enduring influence and importance; (2) to analyse, consider and critique the processes of literary judgement; (3) to apprehend the effects of genre, culture and history in literary works; (4) independently read creative primary material and develop discriminative and imaginative responses to texts; (5) identify connections between literary production and broader sociocultural, political and historical events; (6) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; and (7) contribute thoughtfully and constructively to group discussion.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay 1; (2) essay 2; and (3) tutorial participation. 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)
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.