Writing Australian Nature (ASLT2620)


How does writing engage with nature in Australia - its geographic wonders, its layered meanings and its complex human histories? What roles have writers, artists, photographers and others played in creating an environmental consciousness? This unit examines Indigenous and non-Indigenous texts, introducing themes that have shaped and defined Australian literature, past and present. How have Australian nature, place and environment challenged writers? Can literature transform the way we think about or care for the world in which we live?

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Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd tutorial task (15%), 1x1500wd journal writing task (35%) and 1x2000wd Essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 Junior credit points including 12 Junior credit points from English

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.