• Class Number 7564
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Claire Hansen
    • Dr Claire Hansen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This interdisciplinary course will focus on five novels by Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion. Each novel will provide a starting point from which we will explore the representation of broad themes of historical and literary significance relating to late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain. We will examine the ways in which knowledge of the period in which Austen wrote enriches our understanding of her fiction and how the novels in turn participate in certain crucial debates and developments of the period. Topics to be covered will include the representation within the novels of the following: the Navy, marriage and adultery, fashion and consumption, slavery and empire, the landed estate, Bath, the concept of 'improvement', the female reading public and its institutions, leisure, the Gothic, ideas of the family and domesticity, music, the theatre, female friendship, philanthropy and science. We will also examine the significance of the Austen 'craze' with reference to film and television versions of the novels as well as Austen's presence on the internet.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply understanding of the historical contexts of Jane Austen’s fiction to specific novels by Austen (as well as film texts).
  2. Identify key elements that are distinctive of Austen’s narrative style and artistic achievement.
  3. Reflect, discuss and write analytically about what Austen’s fiction tells us about the society of her time.
  4. Develop their own critical thinking about the relationship between the historical Austen and the complex cultural phenomenon that is Austen at the beginning of the 21st century.

Field Trips

There will be two film screenings during semester, in Weeks 5 and 11. Dates, times and locations will be advised on Wattle.

Required Resources

Please use the Oxford World's Classics, Vintage Classics or Broadview editions of the novels. Copies have been ordered for purchase at Harry Hartog.

Required texts include:

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Mansfield Park
  • Emma
  • Persuasion

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Reading Austen today Tutorials begin in Week 1. Text: Sense and Sensibility
2 Sense and Sensibility 1 The politics of sensibility: reading women Text: Sense and Sensibility
3 Sense and Sensibility 2 The politics of sexuality: the marriage plot Essay 1.1 Austen meme presentation (10%) In-class presentations (during tutorials)
4 Pride and Prejudice 1 Reading traditions in Pride and Prejudice Text: Pride and Prejudice
5 Pride and Prejudice 2 Screening Austen: Wright’s Pride and Prejudice Text: Pride and Prejudice Film screening: Pride and Prejudice (Wright, 2005)
6 Mansfield Park 1 Acting out at Mansfield Park: social geographies Text: Mansfield Park Essay 1.2 due (30%)
7 Mansfield Park 2 The domestic empire: family and nation in Mansfield Park Text: Mansfield Park
8 Emma 1 Authenticity and amiability in Emma Text: Emma
9 Emma 2 Highbury men and women: gender in Emma Text: Emma
10 Persuasion 1 Home fronts: Persuasion and the Napoleonic Wars Guest Lecture: Professor Will Christie Text: Persuasion Essay 2.1 argument due (10%)
11 Persuasion 2 Placing romance in Persuasion ?Guest Lecture: Professor Will Christie Text: Persuasion Film screening TBC
12 Miss Austen Regrets Jane Austen: Past and Futures Texts: Miss Austen Regrets (2008); Persuasion (2022)
13 Essay 2.2 due (40%)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Essay 1 (40%) 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 2 (50%) 50 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation (10%) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Essay 1 (40%)

Essay 1 comprises 2 tasks:

  • Essay 1.1 (10%; 500 words) - Austen meme presentation (due Monday 8 August, Week 3)
  • Essay 1.2 (30%; 1500 words) - Essay (due Friday 2 September, Week 6)

Further details will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Essay 2 (50%)

Essay 2 comprises 2 tasks:

  • Essay 2.1 (10%; 500 words) - Essay Argument (due Tuesday 11 October, Week 10)
  • Essay 2.2 (40%; 2000 words) - Final Essay (due Monday 31 October)

Further details will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Participation (10%)

Participation will be assessed throughout the semester, and includes not only attendance at tutorials but preparation, quality engagement and demonstrated active engagement with all forms of the course.

Further details will be provided on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

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Distribution of grades policy

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Support for students

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Dr Claire Hansen

Research Interests

Shakespeare studies; ecocriticism; place theory; blue humanities; medical and health humanities

Dr Claire Hansen

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