Literature and the Political

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Upon completion of this Literature and the Political unit from Macquarie University through Open Universities Australia you will develop the advanced capacity to read and respond to a wide range of literary texts and apply advanced analytical and research skills to past and present cultural and literary debates.

Ranging from the Renaissance to the present, you will study the poets and novelists who have created our most powerful cultural myths, stereotypes and narratives that privilege certain worldviews over others.

You will also learn to communicate historical and theoretical concepts in verbal and written forms, and develop a greater understanding of the way in which literary texts and language produce political critique and change.

You will also develop the ability to engage in informed critical discussion with peers and tutors, to respond to others' points of views, and to argue your own critical position.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit; anyone can apply

Areas of study

In this Literature and the Political unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to the politics of the literary
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the poetry of dissent
  • Shakespeare's sonnets and the object of desire
  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, monsters, and politics
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four and colonialism as crime
  • Joseph Conrad, The Heart of Darkness: apologetic myth vs cultural critique
  • Christos Tsiolkas, Loaded and the politics of identity
  • Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra: Constructing the Orient
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe and the politics of the new
  • Byron, The Island: Byron and the ideologies of Romanticism
  • Peter Carey, My Life as a Fake and fraud as truth
  • Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr W.H. and the erotic quest of scholarship

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Completing this unit, you will be able to engage in informed discussions in regards to political dissent, the influence of literature, and the portrayal of gender, class and ethnicity in society.

Through a literary lens, you will be familiar with the way political issues are disseminated and critiqued through the written word.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Literature and the Political from Macquarie University
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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