• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Russell Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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‘Say a body. Where none. … A place. Where none.’ As Samuel Beckett’s Worstward Ho reminds us, literary texts have an unsurpassed capacity to create imaginary worlds. This course will examine a range of textual forms and genres, storytelling and knowledges including those of First Nations writers, as well as readings from a range of cultures and historical periods. You will examine the techniques through which literary texts create worlds, whether realistic worlds that reflect and respond to the writer’s own time and place, or fantastic worlds that imagine times and places, creatures and cultures, far different from past or present reality. Through taking this course you will develop skills in careful reading, independent scholarly research, and persuasive writing, as well as participating in an intellectual community through attentive listening, thoughtful response and respectful debate. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically analyse a range of textual forms with attention to how they are constructed;
  2. communicate effectively across multiple modes;
  3. participate in our intellectual community through attentive listening and thoughtful response;
  4. demonstrate engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives; and
  5. conduct independent research to advance a persuasive argument. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Essay (3000 words total - includes plan and essay) (50) [LO 1,2,4,5]
  3. Writing tasks (2000 words total) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ENGL1013 - this course replaces ENGL1013 so students who have completed ENGL1013 cannot enrol in ENGL1200.

Prescribed Texts

Text list available on Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9014 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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