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Unit Overview


This unit examines the complexity of narrative forms in the digital age. It examines narrative technique across a range of traditional and new media including novels, feature films, long-form television series and graphic novels. The unit explores a variety of narrative techniques and important concepts in narrative theory. By analysing a variety of textual forms the unit enables students to explore the proposition that the art of narration is intrinsic to a text's capacity for innovative and imaginative expression.

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
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate their understanding of a variety of narrative techniques and key concepts in theories of narrative; (2) apprehend the effects of the digital age in narrative and dramatic art forms; (3) gain exposure to different reading strategies important in the study of literature and culture; (4) develop techniques for expressing textual arguments and using textual evidence; (5) express ideas concisely and clearly in both oral and written formats; and (6) contribute thoughtfully and constructively to group discussion.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) research-based essay; and (3) critical exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week (lectures: 2 x 1 hour
tutorials: 1 hour per week beginning in week 2)
  • 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.