Department of English Undergraduate Program

The Department of English offers units of study at both Pass and Honours level in the separate subject areas of English and Australian Literature. Units of study are offered at both Junior and Senior levels, while Fourth Year Honours in English or Australian Literature is offered as an additional full year of study.

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 English

An English major will introduce you to a wide range of literary and cultural works - poems, plays, novels and films - that extend from medieval times to the present day. You will encounter the richness, breadth and depth of the department’s research and teaching culture, allowing you to customise your study according to your interests.

Areas of specialisation include Old and Middle English (800-1500, approx.); Early Modern (1500-1750); Eighteenth Century and Romantic (1750-1837); Victorian (1837- 1901); 20th and 21st Century; Australian, Caribbean, American, or British literatures; literary theory; history of the book; cultural, gender, postcolonial and American studies; film, multimedia, linguistics and language studies. Whatever your pathway, you will explore questions about genre, period and place across a wide spectrum of works in English. You will learn to analyse and explain the formal and linguistic features of texts, aspects of their genre and history, and their dynamic role in local and global cultures. You will formulate and pursue meaningful theories of critical analysis, reading communities and literary value.

We offer a broad and dynamic discipline that prepares students for careers in teaching, the media, public and community service, and academia, and in any vocation or area that demands intellectual flexibility and versatility, critical thinking and the ability to communicate. The cultural knowledge and critical skills provided by an English major are not only marketable for this variety of vocations but will enrich you, and carry you through your life.

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

Students who commenced 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.

Pathways through the Major

A major in English requires at least 36 credit points of senior units of study, at least 6 of which must be at 3000 level. A full list of units of study available in 2014 may be found below. Further information on these units of study may be found in the Faculty Handbook.

Junior units of study (1000 level): You complete 12 junior credit points from a choice of junior units of study including AMST1001 Global America. Junior units introduce students to foundational knowledge and to current debates in the discipline, allowing you to develop key skills through the study of a wide range of literary and cultural texts.

Senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level): You complete at least 18 credit points taken from core 2000 level units of study before enrolling in 3000 level units. Core 2000 level units of study are designed to offer an overview of an area, genre or disciplinary problem, giving you an opportunity to survey and consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. You then complete a minimum of 6 credit points taken from ENGL or ASLT 3000 level units of study. At 3000 Level, you will develop a deeper knowledge in your chosen pathway.

For more information about the English Major, you should consult the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Sample student pathway through the English Major

Year One: Junior Units of Study
Sem 1 1 x Junior Unit
Any ENGL1000
level unit
Sem 2 1 x Junior Unit
Any ENGL1000
level unit or AMST1001
Global America
Year Two: Intermediate units of study  
Sem 1

Senior intermediate unit
Any ENGL or ASLT 2000 level unit

Senior intermediate unit
Any ENGL or ASLT 2000 level unit

Sem 2

Senior intermediate unit
Any ENGL or ASLT 2000 level unit

 
Year Three: Senior-advanced units of tudy  
Sem 1

Any ENGL or ASLT 3000 level unit

(you may do this unit in semester 1 or 2)
 Any 2000 or 3000 level unit
listed under English in Table A
Sem 2  Any 2000 or 3000 level unit
listed under English in Table A
 

 

The graduated nature of the units of study from 1000 to 3000 ensures that you always have the necessary background to meet the challenges of the subject as you proceed to higher and more demanding levels. As you do so, we encourage you to construct pathways through the major according to your own developing interests in the subject. This may take any number of forms – here are a few examples:

An English major with a pathway focus on the novel:

ENGL1008 Australian Texts: International Contexts
ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL2611 Jane Austen, Then and Now
ENGL2613 Literature, Politics and Modernity
ENGL2654 Novel Worlds
ENGL2660 Reading the Nation
ENGL3657 The Brontes
+ one more unit of study to complete the major

An English major with a pathway focus on film:

ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL1011 Introduction to Film Studies
ASLT2616 Australian Stage and Screen
ENGL2638 Literature and Cinema
ENGL2627 Screening Sexuality
ENGL3xxx Cinematic Modernism
+ two more units of study to complete the major

An English Major with a pathway focus on Medieval Literature:

ENLG1007 Language Texts and Time
ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL2657 Myths Legends and Heroes
ENGL2662 Deceit, Disguise and Medieval Narrative
ENGL3633 Old English
ENGL3642 Dreams and Visions
ENGL3643 The Canterbury Tales
+ one more unit of study at 2000 level to complete the major

An English major with a pathway focus on drama:

ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL1011 Introduction to Film Studies
ASLT2616 Australian Stage and Screen
ENGL2607 Drama: Classical to Renaissance
ENGL2640 Shakespeare
ENGL3651 Christopher Marlowe
+ two more units of study to complete the major

An English major with a pathway focus on poetry:

ENGL1008 Australian Texts: International Contexts
ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL2650 Reading Poetry
ENGL2658 Love and Desire in Early Modern England
ENGL3620 The Metaphysical Poets and Milton
ENGL3643 The Canterbury Tales
+ two more units of study to complete the major

An English Major with a pathway focus on American Literature:

AMST1001 Global Americas
ENGL1011 Introduction to Film Studies
ENGL2603 Imagining America
ENGL2617 Postmodernism
ENGL2660 Reading the Nation
ENGL3608 Transpacific American Literature
ENGL3609 Mapping American Literature
ENGL3616 Reading Contemporary America

An English Major with a pathway focus on language:

ENGL1007 Language texts and time
ENGL1009 Reading English Texts
ENGL2653 Western theories of language
ENGL3612 Metaphor and meaning
ENGL3611 Issues in the Semiotics of Language
ENGL3633 Old English
+ two more units of study at 2000 level to complete the major

Major in Australian Literature

In addition to the English major, the Department of English offers a separate major in Australian Literature, whose units of study have their own code (ASLT).

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

Students who commenced 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.

For more information about Australian Literature, you should consult the Australian Literature Undergraduate Coordinator.

Honours

An Honours year in English allows you to specialise further in your area of interest. It offers students the opportunity to work independently and creatively in a community of scholars that includes both their peers and the staff of the department. A number of Honours graduates each year continue on to postgraduate study in Australia or abroad.

Please refer to the Faculty Honours page and the the Department Honours page for further information.