Classic American Fiction

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
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About this unit

The online Classic American Fiction unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University introduces students to some of the greatest writers in American history, including Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Over the duration of this 14-week online unit, , students will study some of the most famous novels, poems and literature ever written in the United States, learning to place works of fiction in the literary and historical contexts in which they were conceived.

Students will be transported through decades of American history, from the days of American expansionism in the early 1800s, right through to the modernist days of the 1920s and ‘30s that saw expatriates such as Hemingway flourish.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, you must not have already studied this unit or its academic equivalent, and must also be accepted into the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics, Griffith University

Areas of study

In this Classic American Literature unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Irving and Hawthorne
  • Hawthorne
  • Poe/Melville
  • Twain
  • Perkins Gilman/Wharton
  • Hemingway
  • Fitzgerald

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics

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?

After successful completion of this Classic American Fiction unit, students will have improved their understanding of the role of literature in social, political and historical circles. For example, students will learn how Ernest Hemingway’s personal experiences of being an expatriate in France and Spain, as well as his limited exposure to World War I, led him to write Fiesta, one of the key texts in the canon of American modernism.

The notion of the American Dream, so prevalent throughout American literature, will also be examined, via Fitzgerald’s opulent but tragic classic, The Great Gatsby.

Students will improve their written communication, through the ability to critically analyse and deconstruct literary texts. Students will also expand on their ability to communicate orally, through discussion about just what it is about the studied texts that makes their voice inherently American.

At the culmination of the unit, students will be able to speak knowledgably and authoritatively on the subject of American fiction.

This unit will complement the other three units that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Classic American Fiction from Griffith 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 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 FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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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