The Major in Australian Literature

The Australian Literature major, offered by the English Department’s Australian Literature Program, will give you a broad understanding of the history and characteristics of Australian literature in its international contexts. It will introduce you to a wide range of literary and cultural works – poems, plays, novels and films – from colonial times to the present day, including works by Indigenous authors. You will encounter the richness, breadth and depth of the Australian Literature program’s research and teaching culture, allowing you to customise your study according to your interests.

Australian Literature at the University of Sydney teaches students to express advanced theoretical concepts with clarity and rigour, whilst engaging with the literature and ideas that have contributed to the nation’s distinctive intellectual and artistic formation.

Units of Study

A description and timetable of all units of study on offer through the department is available by selecting from the menu on the left.

Major in Australian Literature

A description of the major for students commencing their degree in or after 2014 can be found here.

Students who began their degree prior to 2014 should refer to the description of the major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook from the year they commenced.

Honours in Australian Literature

An honours degree is available to students who undertake an extra year of research based study. Eligibility and application details are available here.